Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Environmental Analysis

Reader 1

Char Miller

Reader 2

Teresa Sabol Spezio

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The Community Alliance with Family Farmers in Davis, California strives “to build sustainable food and farming systems through policy advocacy and on-the-ground programs that create more resilient family farms, communities and ecosystems.” Through working with this organization throughout 2019, I developed a personal impression of CAFF’s organization structure and effectiveness, as well as an academic conceptualization to analyze these on a deeper level. This thesis will pursue this investigation in five sections: a) a review of existing literature and theory on both implementation gaps in policy and programming, and measures of non-profit effectiveness, b) a translation of these concepts so that they may be applicable to the small farm justice sector of California, c) an exploration of the organizational and historical context of CAFF’s work, d) an analysis of CAFF’s effectiveness on an external scale, that is, between policymakers and farmers, and e) an analysis of CAFF’s internal structure and effectiveness. In short, I find that CAFF’s programming could greatly improve by structural changes to place more of a priority on community building and social networking.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.