California Farmland Trust Appoints Arisman, Beretta and Whitman to Trustee Council

California Farmland Trust (CFT) has announced the addition of three new members to the organization’s Trustee Council.

“Our Trustee Council is comprised of influential industry leaders and we are honored to add to that prominent group,” shared Charlotte Mitchell, CFT Executive Director. “The addition of Mia Arisman, Jennifer Beretta and Becca Whitman will compliment a very professional and passionate group who will continue to advise CFT as we continue our efforts to protect farmland.”

Newly Appointed Trustee Council Members

Mia Arisman currently serves as the California Association, Future Farmers of America (FFA) State Secretary. As a State FFA Officer, Mia and her team spend a year learning about California’s diverse agriculture industry and share their knowledge with the more than 95,000 youth California FFA members. In addition, Mia provides insight to industry leaders on how to engage with the next generation of the agricultural workforce. Mia shared “I’m excited for my role promoting the conservation and protection of California agriculture to my peers and learning how to make this diverse industry better for future generations.”



 Jennifer Beretta resides in Santa Rosa and serves as the Assistant Herdsman for her family’s dairy operation. In addition, she serves as the First Vice President for the Sonoma County Farm Bureau, is the current Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) State Chair, is a local 4-H leader, Holstein Club President and is on the Dairy Advisory Board for the Sonoma County Fair. “As a Trustee Council member, I look forward to creating a better partnership between CFT and YF&R and learning more about conservation         opportunities for agriculture,” Beretta expressed.



Becca Whitman is the Senior Manager for Community Relations, and Executive Director for Food For Families for Raley’s. Becca has built her career on creating successful partnerships and currently leads Raley’s community giving efforts in supporting causes that make significant impacts, including California Farmland Trust among many other agricultural organizations. “It’s an honor to serve as an advocate for California Farmland Trust and help protect the farms that feed our families,” shared Whitman. “So much of our health and happiness is based on the food we eat, and it’s incredibly important to me and Raley’s that we grow healthy communities in partnership with our farmers,” Whitman added.


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