The Alliance for Food and Farming (AFF) is a non-profit organization formed in 1989 which represents organic and conventional farmers of fruits and vegetables and farms of all sizes. AFF contributors are limited to farmers of fruits and vegetables, companies that sell, market or ship fruits and vegetables or organizations that represent produce farmers. Our mission is to deliver credible information about the safety of produce.
An example of the Alliance for Food and Farming’s work can be found at www.safefruitsandveggies.com. This website exists as a resource for science-based information for consumers so that facts, not fears, can guide their shopping choices.
The Alliance for Food and Farming has a staff of two women who share a respect and admiration for the farmers who work hard every day to bring healthy fruits and vegetables to our tables. Teresa Thorne serves as the Executive Director and is assisted in all aspects of running this non-profit organization by Rosi Gong. The AFF is based in the farming community of Watsonville, California and we are proud to represent farmers growing the food that health experts universally agree we should all eat more of every day.
Oversight of Alliance for Food and Farming activities is provided by a voluntary management board from organizations representing fruit and vegetable farmers from throughout the produce industry. Current Board members include:
Chris Zanobini, (Chairman), California Pear Advisory Board
Tim York, (Vice Chairman), Markon
Rick Tomlinson, (Secretary/Treasurer), California Strawberry Commission
James Gorny, Produce Marketing Association
John Guerard, California Fresh Carrot Advisory Board
Alyssa Houtby, California Citrus Mutual
Matt McInerney, Western Growers Association
Rich Matteis, California Farm Bureau Federation
Kathleen Nave, California Table Grape Commission
George Radanovich, California Fresh Fruit Association
Blair Richardson, U.S. Potato Board
Tom Stenzel, United Fresh Produce Association
Mike Stuart, Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association
Mark Villata, U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council
Kate Woods, Northwest Horticultural Council
All activities of the Alliance for Food and Farming are funded by voluntary contributions. Alliance for Food and Farming only accepts contributions from farmers of fruits and vegetables, companies who grow, sell, market or ship fruits and vegetables or organizations that represent produce farmers. Contributions cannot be accepted from organizations or companies that do not meet these criteria.
For more information about Alliance for Food and Farming funding, click here to see our most recent tax return.
For information on how to join the Alliance for Food and Farming, please click here.
Our mailing address is P.O. Box 2747, Watsonville, CA 95077. You can reach Rosi or Teresa by phone at (831) 786-1666 or email at info [at] foodandfarming.info.