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Community Code of Conduct

California FarmLink | Community Code of Conduct

The California FarmLink community is made up of employees, contractors, clients, and client-employees who interact with the FarmLink community. Members of this community demonstrate respect for each other, and for other community members, through their presence and in their communications. We also demonstrate respect for our larger California community through our interactions with the public and by operating in compliance with applicable laws intended to protect human health and dignity, safety, and the environment.

Examples of respectful presence include attentive listening and taking care that your attire and any areas where others visit or see on your camera do not include phrases, images, or symbols that others might find disrespectful, threatening, or demeaning.

Examples of respectful communications include taking care to acknowledge the validity of other perspectives, considering different views with equal weight, participating fully in discussions while taking care not to take more than a fair share of available time, and intentionally choosing words, phrases, and tone to avoid insulting, threatening or demeaning others.

Examples of operating in compliance with applicable laws include for farmers, ensuring worker safety and abiding by food safety regulations; and for staff and contractors, complying with regulations affecting health and safety and assisting farmers in doing the same.

If you have direct experience with a FarmLink staff member, client, or contractor not following this Community Code of Conduct in their dealings with you, you are encouraged to voice your concerns respectfully to the person or to a member of the FarmLink staff. You’re encouraged to ask for an appropriate solution which may be as simple as a person no longer using a certain word or phrase, or the situation may require a more thoughtful intervention.

FarmLink staff and contractors agree to abide by this Community Code of Conduct as a condition of employment or contractual work, and clients agree to abide by it as a condition of accepting FarmLink services. If a person is unwilling or unable to abide by the Community Code of Conduct they may be removed from employment or from participation in a program, and may lose access to program incentives and future programs and services.

COVID-19 Addendum: California FarmLink’s offices, its programs, and FarmLink-sponsored events will operate in compliance with evolving guidance and safety practices from the applicable County and the State of California. Continued employment, contractual engagement, and participation in FarmLink events is subject to compliance with safety standards implemented by FarmLink in accordance with county and state guidelines and requirements.

California FarmLink | Community Code of Conduct, September 2022

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