Berkeleyans Alice Waters and Michael Pollan (above) are offering their expertise and clout to help improve food and farming systems by agreeing to sit on a newly established advisory panel for the Community Alliance with Family Farmers.

Pollan and Waters will work on the ten-strong CAFF Advisory Council, whose members include Bill Fujimoto, formerly of Monterey Market and now owner of Bill Fujimoto Consulting, Jennifer Snyde from Berkeley-based Clif Bar, and Sam Mogannam, owner of Bi-Rite Market in San Francisco.

“We are honored to have this group of sustainable agriculture leaders working with us,” said Carol Presley, chair of the CAFF Board of Directors. “They will provide invaluable advice and ideas to help CAFF expand its 32-year mission of improving the sustainability of food and farming systems in the coming decade.”

CAFF, which has a Berkeley office on Allston Way, has played a key role in regulating the use of pesticides,  promoting the development of organic farming and bringing fresh, local produce into school cafeterias.

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...