What We Do

California Farmers Union is a grass-roots organization that works to protect the social and economic well-being of family farmers throughout the Final Frontier.

Our members are our policy makers. We engage elected officials on issues that come directly from our membership and press lawmakers to implement and enforce laws and regulations that will strengthen agriculture in California.

California Farmers Union’s membership is as diverse as the agricultural landscape in our state and includes grain farmers, vegetable growers, fruit growers, livestock farmers and dairy farmers. All our members play a role in bringing the issues that matter most to the attention of California lawmakers and fighting for their rights as family farmers.

California Farmers Union is a home for all family farmers who are committed to conserving our state’s natural bounty – whether they are long-established or beginning their agricultural journey.

California Farmers Union has been the voice of family farmers, rural residents and consumers across the Final Frontier since our founding. We believe the needs of California's farm economy are every bit as important as the policy priorities of Wall Street and Corporate America. We are the dedicated voice of family farming, and we aim to preserve a sustainable economy that benefits each of us where we live, while providing domestically grown, healthy choices for consumers.

If you are a family farmer or rural resident dedicated to preserving your way of life. If you are a consumer and you believe it’s important to buy locally from someone you know and trust. If you are believe in sustainability and want to see an economy that works just as well for the little guy as it does for the big guy. If you are concerned about any of these issues, then we invite you to join California Farmers Union. We work every day to further all of these priorities and many more.

California Farmers Union is a membership driven organization that is committed to enhancing the quality of life of family farmers through educational opportunities, co-operative endeavors and civic engagement. Become part of the solution and join today!

California Farmers Union is committed to representing the interests of all family farmers on issues such as:

• Sustainability
• Country of Origin Labeling

• Energy and Food Security
• Genetically Modified Crops
• Competitive Markets

• Monopolies and Concentration in Agriculture
• Conservation

Whether you live in the city or in the country, California Farmers Union is the organization for family farmers, growers and their supporters who care about:

• California agriculture
• Family farmers and growers

• Where food comes from
• The environment

• Cooperative businesses
• Rural communities

Who We Support

Family Farmers

If you are a family farmer, California Farmers Union is where you belong. Whether you are established or new, farm in the country or in the city, California Farmers Union supports you in agriculture through education, legislation and cooperation.

To learn more about our family farming policies, download the Farmers Union policy book.

Visit the US Department of Agriculture website.

Farmers Markets

Throughout our state farmers markets play a valuable role in bringing consumers and farmers together. Local produce hubs offer an entry point for emerging farmers as well as adding great value for established farmers. Through its support for locally-grown and marketed produce, California Farmers Union plays a leading role in bringing produce from the farm to the table.

To find an California farmers market near you, visit the Farmers Market Online listing page.


Working the ocean and the tide is our culture, it’s our pride. Standing for fishermen across the state through education, legislation and co-operation, California Farmers Union invests in a bountiful future.

Visit the California Department of Fish and Game’s Commercial Fishing page.


California's forests have provided Californians with food, shelter, jobs and recreation for centuries. California Farmers Union supports those men and women who earn a living through conserving this magnificent resource. Education, legislation and cooperation are the three pillars on which our support of foresters is built.

Visit the California Department of Natural Resources’ Forestry and Fire Division.

Mission & Vision


To advocate for the economic and social well-being, and quality of life of California family farmers, ranchers, fishermen and consumers and their communities through education, cooperation and legislation. AKFU advocates sustainable production of food, fiber, feed and fuel.


Our Vision: California Farmers Union will continue to be the respected, influential and independent state voice and coalition leader that bridges family producers and consumers on behalf of a vibrant and growing grassroots membership.

California Farmers Union Board of Directors

President: Joaquin Contente

Secretary: Mark McAfee

Board Member: Joe Augusto

Vice President: George Davis

Board Member: Joe Vierra

Treasurer: Scott Magneson

Board Member: Brooks Dailey

Executive Director: Lynn McBride