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Creating resilient food systems through policy and collaborationCreating Resilient Food Systems through Policy and Collaboration



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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


  • 1. Ag Futures Alliance A Process to Create a Sustainable Food System
  • 2. 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
  • 3. 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
  • 4. 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
  • 5. 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
  • 6. 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
  • 7. Ag Innovations Network
    • Contact Information
    • [email_address]
    • 707.823.6111