California Agriculture Needs Your Support

After all that we’ve been through these past few months, Californians are long overdue for a reason to break bread in celebration. Now, we have one. By simply enjoying the delicious foods made from the world’s best ingredients (which are obviously grown right here in California) – we can help support the 1.2 million jobs and $263 billion in state revenue that California farming generates each year.

Everyone has been touched by Covid-19, and our state’s farmers and farmworkers are no exception. With sheltering in place and its effect on the restaurant and hospitality industries, many farmers and farmworkers also face substantial financial loss. So, even as they continue to work diligently to keep our nation fed by growing over 400 crops and providing a third of the vegetables and two thirds of the fruits and nuts in the U.S. – their livelihoods, along with those rural communities who support them – are at risk. A healthy agriculture sector is foundational in taking care of humanity’s basic needs. Now more than ever, we need to secure and strengthen our food supply and the distribution chains that deliver it.

So, what can you do? Well, first always be sure to follow the social distancing guidelines outlined by your city. Then, when you go to the grocery store or farmer’s market – make sure to choose fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts, dairy, wine, flowers, and garden and nursery plants that were grown in California.

Each California Grown purchase directly helps support our local farmers and stabilize our economy. So, let’s show support for those who work so hard to support us. Let’s get this beautiful state of ours back on track. Buy local. Buy California Grown.

With gratitude,

Karen Ross, Secretary
California Department of Food and Agriculture

 

For tips on how to tell if your food is from California, use our shopping guide.

If you’d like to know which crops are in season in California, you can go here.

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These groups join Secretary Ross in asking for your support:

California Pear Advisory Board

California Cherry Advisory Board

California Cling Peach Board

California State Beekeepers Association

Olive Oil Commission of California

Plant California Alliance

California Sweetpotato Council

California Apple Commission 

California Blueberry Commission 

California Olive Committee

California Wild Rice Advisory Board

California Blueberry Association

Olive Growers Council of California

California Milk Advisory Board

California Cut Flower Commission

California Avocado Commission

California Certified Organic Farmers

California Prunes

California Wine Institute 

California Fig Advisory Board

California Fresh Fig Growers Association 

California Table Grape Commission

California Seed Association

California Grain and Feed Association

California Warehouse Association

California State Floral Association

California Women for Agriculture

Association of California Egg Farmers

California Agricultural Irrigation Association

California Bean Shippers Association

California Alfalfa & Forage Association

California Pork Producers Association

California Association of Wheat Growers

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