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Fair Food: Field to Table: A Multimedia Project Promoting Social Justice in our Food System

“Fair Food: Field to Table” is a 20-minute documentary promoting a more socially just food system in the U.S. by raising awareness on agricultural labor conditions and the growing movement for fair food.  Through the stories and voices of farmworkers, growers, businesses and fair food advocates, viewers learn about the harsh realities of farmworker conditions and, more importantly, the promise of improved farm labor practices.  The documentary and additional resources are available at  Because “Fair Food: Field to Table” is meant to be used as an educational tool, the documentary is freely available to watch and share.  “Fair Food: Field to Table” was created by CIRS and Rick Nahmias Photography through funding from the Columbia Foundation and additional funding from the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation and the Clif Bar Foundation.

Click here to view “Fair Food: Field to Table.”


The Fair Food Project Toolkit: A Resource Manual for Students Working Toward Socially Just Food

With funding from the Ben & Jerry's Foundation and Clif Bar Family Foundation, and in collaboration with the Real Food Challenge, the Student Farmworker Alliance and United Students for Fair Trade, CIRS created this resource toolkit to help students work with dining services to promote more fair food (food from farms with good labor conditions) on college campuses. The toolkit provides information on navigating campus-based food systems, guidelines for working with food service operators, sample procurement policies and supply chain codes of conduct, guidelines for identifying fair farm labor conditions, case studies of successful campus initiatives and additional resources.


Beyond Basic Compensation: Using Bonuses, Profit Sharing and Employee Ownership to Motivate and Retain Workers on Your Farm

With funding from the Western Center for Risk Management Education, CIRS conducted case study research on effective variable pay systems used among farm employers. Use of incentive pay systems, including bonuses, profit sharing and Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), are reported by nearly half of all agricultural employers in California. When implemented properly, these practices can help employers manage risk, incentivize desired behaviors, promote employee satisfaction and retention and increase farmworker incomes. When not implemented properly, however, these practices can backfire, resulting in reduced employee morale, satisfaction and retention. CIRS conducted a review of the human resources literature, interviews with experts in agriculture and other industries and in-depth case studies of five farms successfully implementing incentive pay systems, Based on this research, CIRS created a practical manual outlining the basics about a variety of variable pay approaches, how they are used by California farm employers. The manual provides ideas and sample formulas for implementing on farm variable pay systems. The manual was published in partnership with ATTRA -National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service. The manual can also be found on their website using this link.



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