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  • This is the introductory slide show for audiences new to the AFA concept.
  • This is how the process is supposed to work and has worked in Ventura County

Creating Resilient Food Systems through Policy and Collaboration Creating Resilient Food Systems through Policy and Collaboration Presentation Transcript

  • Ag Futures Alliance A Process to Create a Sustainable Food System
  • What is an AFA?
    • Roundtable designed to build consensus on local policies impacting the food system
    • Diverse stakeholders from agriculture, environmental advocacy, education, media, government, civic organizations, farm labor
    • Stated goal: create a sustainable local food system
  • The community challenge
    • The issues facing ag and the food system are complex!
    • No one stakeholder has the whole view
    • The discussion typically is driven by the poles
    • Many uncoordinated efforts work at cross-purposes
    • Big gaps in power and sophistication increase conflict
  • A better way
    • Rather than isolation or conflict:
      • Build on common interest: healthy future
      • Seek win-win solutions
      • Develop personal relationships between polarized parties
      • Develop actions or projects that bond collaborators
  • Results in the Field
    • Yolo Ag and Food Alliance operating since 2004
      • Targets of our work:
        • Current: Yolo County “Food Hub”
          • Farmers, Ag Commissioner, Environmental Health, School Districts & other instutions, City staff, BOS, Developers
        • Past: Yolo County General Plan, Agriculture and Economic Development Element
          • Farmland preservation, agri-tourism, local food processing, farm-to-school programming, permitting assistance, etc.
          • Ag Conservation/Ag mitigation principles
          • Board of Supervisors, County Departments, Environmental organizations, farmers/ranchers
  • Results in the Field
    • AFA’s now operating in Fresno, Yolo, San Benito, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Sonoma, and Ventura counties
    • California Roundtable on Ag and the Environment a state-level counterpart
    • Projects include local branding, ag land mitigation, and developing alternative distribution
  • Ag Innovations Network
    • Contact Information
    • agfuturesalliance.net
    • aginnovations.net
    • [email_address]
    • 707.823.6111