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A Letter to Our Community: 2021 in Review

By
Board President
Elizabeth Gamsky Rich, Esq
January 17, 2022

Last year brought many changes to the Food Freedom Foundation (FFF) and over the course of 2021, our organization has settled into its new name and look with a greater commitment to our overall mission and values. The Food Freedom Foundation works to create an equitable food system that is fair to small farms and artisan producers, as well as the consumers they serve.

To our community,

Last year brought many changes to the Food Freedom Foundation (FFF) and over the course of 2021, our organization has settled into its new name and look with a greater commitment to our overall mission and values. The Food Freedom Foundation works to create an equitable food system that is fair to small farms and artisan producers, as well as the consumers they serve.

The Food Freedom Foundation’s goal is to pave the way in fair farming by way of education and grants. Our Advocacy Grant provides funding to organizations that support the legal defense of small processors and farms subject to government overreach, while our Compassionate Relief Grant directly supports individual farmers in need of assistance. This past year was an exciting one as our fundraising efforts and your generosity brought FFF that much closer to achieving this goal through the grants we supplied. These grants have supported the following cases:

  1. Developed a legal path forward for the legal sales of raw milk in Wisconsin through a cooperative model in collaboration with WI DATCP and the Raw Milk Institute.
  2. Advocated on behalf of raw butter producers in California, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. to overturn the FDA’s baseless ban on interstate sales of raw butter.
  3. Defended a small farm in California after the County confiscated farm animals without the owner’s participation or prior notice, successfully setting the precedent that due process is required in the future.
  4. Successfully defended a South Dakota farmer whose use of guard dogs for sustainable farming methods was restricted by the County due to arbitrary noise ordinances.
  5. Defended several Florida farmers who were issued cease and desist letters for their use of reduced oxygen packaging despite the practice being common among poultry producers in Florida.

We need our local farmers and artisan food producers now more than ever. In order to ensure their work in sustaining us as consumers, we need to first provide financial support. The work of the Food Freedom Foundation is achieved with your generous support and for that, we say thank you!

We ask that you continue to support the rights of farmers and artisan producers by making a tax-deductible donation using the enclosed donation card and envelope, or through our website.


Sincerely,

Elizabeth Rich, President

Kay Craig, Treasurer

Said Abdallah, VP

Food Freedom Foundation Board of Directors

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