San Francisco Bay Area

Bay Area

San Francisco Bay Area Region:

Contra Costa, Alameda, & San Mateo County

Regional Lead:

Yousef Buzayan, Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), yousef@caff.org

 

In addition to leading the Farm to School San Francisco Bay Area Region Network, Yousef provides technical expertise and assistance to farmers and foodservice operators on supply chain logistics, regulations, and best practices for Farm to Cafeteria sales. Additionally, he works with institutional food service buyers to provide education on local food and food systems, coordinate demand, and support staff training and cafeteria marketing. Yousef has experience in sustainable procurement work, farm to institution, and regional food systems in California. After graduating UC Davis studying Agricultural Economics and International Agricultural Development, Yousef began working in the Farm to Cafeteria program at the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF).

Founded in 1978, the Community Alliance with Family Farmers is a California-based nonprofit that advocates for family farmers and sustainable agriculture. We run extensive, on-the-ground programs in many regions throughout California, enabling community members and businesses to find and choose local food, and helping farmers increase their income and sustainability. CAFF has been recognized nationally and internationally for its pioneering programs, and played key roles in enacting the nation’s toughest laws regulating pesticide use; promoting the development of organic farming; bringing fresh, local produce into school cafeterias; and establishing programs to distribute locally grown produce to community grocery stores, hospitals, restaurants and farmers markets.

Farm to School Resources

Farm to school resources developed by CAFF

California Farm to School Network Events

Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture

The Edible Schoolyard Project Events

San Francisco Urban Ag Alliance

San Mateo County Food System Alliance

Oakland Food Policy Council Facebook

How to Get Involved

For any information on the Bay Area Farm to School Network or be added to our regional listserv, email Yousef Buzayan at yousef@caff.org.