San Francisco Bay Area

Bay Area

San Francisco Bay Area Region:

Contra Costa, Alameda, & San Mateo County

Regional Lead:

Ben Thomas, Community Alliance with Family Farmers,

IMG_0695Ben provides technical assistance to farmers to sell their products to schools and hospitals and works with institutional food service buyers to provide education on local food and food systems. Ben has worked with college and university sustainable food procurement and education since 2009 and joined Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) after managing the sustainable food service program at UC Davis Dining Services.

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 Ben Thomas at