Sweat bee foraging in California poppy.

California Farm Champions to Be Recognized

Community Alliance with Family Farmers has announced the 2024 Farm Champions, farms, individuals and local businesses making a difference in our food system. The Farm Champions will be recognized in an awards ceremony on February 28, 2024, as part of this year’s California Small Farm Conference. The winners are Legacy farmer of the Year: Janet Czarnecki, Redwood Roots Farm; New Farmer of the Year: Chris Fields, Fields Family Farm; Climate Smart Farm of the Year: Sarah Silva, Green Star Farm; Farm Advocate of the Year: Mireya Gomez-Contreras, Esperanza Community Farms; Farm Policy Advocate of the Year: Assemblymember Steve Bennet; Farmers Market Champion of the Year: Erin Tormey, Coastside Farmers Markets; and Food Business of the Year: Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co.