The California Farmworker Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2016 by Joe Garcia. The organization formed to offer and create opportunities that would enable farmworkers to develop personal and professional skills.
To date, CFF has served more than 35,000 farmworkers and was named 2020 California Non-Profit of the Year.
Where there is the ability to go above-and-beyond, farmers are doing just that.
At Desert Premium Farms in Yuma, Arizona, we put a 10-foot distance policy in areas where it’s possible to do so, but not all farm jobs can be recalibrated for COVID-19. In these areas of close proximity, masks are mandatory. We’ve also given high-quality, three-ply, washable masks to employees to take home, encouraging employees to wear them to and from work, at the grocery, and during other essential errands.
Rather than early morning meetings, we’ve transitioned to telephone check-ins at the start of each day. We miss that in-person camaraderie, but we’re going to do everything possible to keep everyone safe.
At Main Street Produce, we believe the first step to keeping our workers healthy starts with education and providing our employees with the best information available. But our efforts don't stop there...
While the pandemic has affected the health, hygiene, and sanitation practices of our employees, many of the recommendations put forth by the CDC already existed in our best practices and have been in our policies for years:
Hand washing procedures are to wash for 20 seconds, dry with use a single-use towel, then use hand sanitizer.
Employees with symptoms of illness are not permitted to work and must report onset of symptoms to a manager or supervisor immediately.
Requiring masks or face coverings wasn’t totally out of the ordinary for us either. With the strong winds we sometimes get here in the Santa Maria Valley, many of our workers choose to wear face coverings for sun and/or dust protection anyway.
At Innovative Produce, we started on COVID spread prevention mid-March, before it became what it is today. We implemented our mask policy March 17th. The health of our employees is our top priority. We gathered the science that was available and scoured our resources, meeting weekly as an Executive Team to discuss, execute, and revise the game plan as more information became available.
The mission of our company is to continually evolve innovative practices and quality products in order to maximize the well-being of our customers, community, and company.
The world “well-being” chosen specifically to encompass health, happiness, and prosperity. How we treat employees has a ripple effect. When we provide and care for them, they can provide and care for their families, and that has a positive impact on our community.
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