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New Communications Associate Joins California Farmland Trust
Michaela Friedrich recently joined the staff at California Farmland Trust as its new communications associate.

California Farmland Trust (CFT), a non-profit dedicated to preserving the best farmland in the country, has announced the hiring of Michaela Friedrich as its new communications associate.

Friedrich is a recent graduate from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA with a B.A. in Journalism with minors in English Writing and Visual Literacy. During her time as a Zag, Friedrich held writing and editing positions on multiple student publication teams within GU’s student media department. During the summer she stayed in Spokane, Friedrich worked as a full-time reporter at Cheney Free Press, a small town weekly newspaper. It was in these positions that she developed technical and interpersonal skills that will assist her as CFT’s communications associate.

In her communications associate position, Friedrich will be contributing to CFT’s mission by producing digital content for CFT’s website and affiliated social media platforms, curating written and visual content for related media outlets and developing design assets. She will work closely to coordinate with CFT’s executive, development and conservation directors.

“When I saw there was an opportunity to work within a company that aligns so seamlessly with my personal beliefs, I knew I had to go for it,” Friedrich said. “I’m excited to transfer and grow the skills that I’ve developed during my time at Gonzaga to serve the community that raised me.”

Growing up on her dad’s ranch in Patterson, CA is what Friedrich says gave her the opportunity to develop a passion for the agriculture industry. Her family’s roots are what inspired Friedrich to become an advocate for farming families and their land.

“I’m looking forward to getting to know more people in the California agriculture industry and sharing their stories through words and visual media,” Friedrich said. “It will be a real pleasure to support California Farmland Trust’s mission through my role as communications associate.”

California Farmland Trust is a California nonprofit 501(c)(3). Its mission is to help farmers protect the best farmland in the world. To date, CFT has protected 17,606 acres of farmland on 81 farms. To learn more, visit them at