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Welcome to Ag Innovations Network

Ag Innovations Network brings people together to build a food system that works for all. We are facilitators of crucial conversations, conveners of meetings that matter, and enablers of change.

Our role is unique. We care deeply about creating a more economically viable, socially just, and environmentally sound way to grow and distribute food. We believe the best way to accomplish that goal is to create opportunities for individuals, farmers, businesses, and communities to better understand the changes that are needed and discover solutions that make sense. Our work is about bringing more democracy to decision-making about the future of food and farming.

We have three central programs:

Thanks for visiting us. We hope you find our work and our site of benefit.

The Latest From the Field

News from our Alliances

San Mateo County Local Food Feasibility Report Released

The San Mateo County Food System Alliance is thrilled to announce the release of a feasibility study report that explored how to distribute more local produce to public (e.g., hospital, school, and county facilities) and private institutions.

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SC3 Releases Healthy Lands & Healthy Economies Initiative - Nature’s Value in Santa Clara County

SC3: Landmark Research Collaborative Releases Healthy Lands & Healthy Economies Initiative – Nature’s Value in Santa Clara County

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San Mateo County FSA Releases Food System Assessment Report

May 2014 The San Mateo County Food System Alliance developed a food system assessment report to support our community’s collective efforts to build a better food system for every resident of San Mateo County.

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News from our Roundtables

Call to Action to Preserve CA Agricultural Land

July 2014. The California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment released A Call to Action to Preserve California Agricultural Land, outlining policy recommendations to slow the loss of California’s farmland.

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From Crisis to Connectivity

April 2014. From Crisis to Connectivity: Renewed Thinking About Managing California’s Water and Food Supply describes the connectivity approach, which provides a whole-systems framework for our water management decisions.

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Recommendations for Increasing Regulatory Effectiveness

Jan. 2014. AIN’s recent report, Regulating for Agricultural and Public Outcomes: Perspectives and Recommendations, builds on CRAE’s earlier work aimed at helping agricultural land stewards succeed in meeting California regulatory requirements for environmental restoration.

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News and Events

January Newswire: Innovating in 2015

The New Year is clearly both a time of reflection and renewal. In this post and recent newswire, Joseph McIntyre and staff outline some of the highlights of 2014 and look ahead at the coming year.

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Rx for the Future: Watch The 2014 James Beard Foundation Conference and Leadership Awards

The upcoming James Beard Foundation Food Conference—“Rx for the Future: Is better food the prescription for a healthier America?—is bringing leaders from across America to create a broad and collaborative agenda for improving health. Join Ag Innovations Network Executive Director, Joseph McIntyre, Mark Bittman, Michael Pollan and other notable good food advocates for this year’s conference and awards online.

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Taste the Possibilities: Adding Value to Your Ag Business

Attend this small-farm workshop on November 3 to learn about adding value to your farm’s crops. Presented by University of California Cooperative Extension, Sonoma County Department of Health Services, and the Sonoma County Food System Alliance.

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Water and Food Supply Bulletin: 17 Water Resources

The California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply (CRWFS) Bulletin is a member-sourced information bulletin that includes timely reports and news pertaining to water and the food supply in California. This month’s bulletin features seventeen links to recent news and reports on water in California.

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Fall Newswire: 5 Pivot Points for a Healthier Food System

Greetings Friends of Ag Innovations Network: This has been nothing short of an interesting, albeit challenging, year for those of us working on food and agriculture issues in California. Our extended drought has put a spotlight on our absolute dependency on this scarce resource; our hearts and thoughts go out to the individuals, communities, and farmers who are struggling with dry wells and fallow fields. Yet there is nothing like a crisis to focus our attention on what matters.

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