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:
- The Alliance Project: A growing network of California county-based alliances of food system stakeholders that meet monthly to work together to strengthen farms, improve access to good foods, and improve the infrastructure to support regional food distribution. These groups make policy recommendations and create local projects.
- The Roundtable Project: We convene and facilitate two California-based coalitions of statewide agriculture, environmental, and community organizations that are focused on finding shared policy solutions for the food system. The California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment focuses on issues that are of common concern to agriculture and environmental organizations including Farm Bill reform, climate change, land use, and food safety. The California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply focuses on the critical challenge of water use and availability for farms, cities, and the environment.
- Facilitation/Consulting Services: We offer facilitation and consulting services globally for organizations and government entities that are seeking to engage stakeholders, run more effective conferences, and understand the challenges facing the food system. Our core competency is cutting-edge facilitation and meeting design.
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.Read More »
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 CountyRead More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
News and Events
Temra Costa Joins Ag Innovations Network
July 1, 2014: Ag Innovations is working to create a new communications platform to engage our key audiences that will launch in early 2015. To realize this goal, we are pleased to announce that author and communications consultant, Temra Costa, has joined the Ag Innovations team to assist with this pivotal project.Read More »
Housing & Transportation Recommendations for CA’s Farmworkers
SHELTER + MOBILITY: Recommendations for California’s Specialty Crop Ag Workforce details the findings and recommendations of the California Agricultural Workforce Housing and Transportation Project, a yearlong multi-stakeholder investigation into the community, political, and industry challenges and barriers to the provision of adequate and affordable housing and transportation to the state’s specialty crop workforce and their families.April 2014 Read More »
Santa Clara County FSA Announces Launch of the Santa Clara County Food System Assessment
January 2014 The Santa Clara County Food System Alliance is pleased to announce the release of the Santa Clara County Food System Assessment. The Alliance analyzed key baseline data regarding the Santa Clara County’s food system and developed recommendations aimed at building a more just, vibrant, and durable food system.
The Santa Clara County Food System Alliance produced the Assessment to be a practical tool that will serve as a foundation for positive change in Santa Clara County’s food system. To that end, the Assessment functions as a tool to educate and engage food system stakeholders and the public at large, as well as a basis for planning the Alliance’s future actions.
Click here to view the full Santa Clara County Food System Assessment.
Click here to view the Assessment Summary Document, which highlights a number of important sections from the report, including the reports key findings and recommendations.
AIN Releases Report on Regulations Affecting Agriculture
Regulating for Agricultural and Public Outcomes: Perspectives and Recommendations, presents shared recommendations for constructively addressing key regulatory challenges in both the short and long term.January 2014 Ag Innovations Network’s newest report, Read More »
AIN Recognized in “101 Food System Organizations to Watch in 2014”
January 2014 Ag Innovations Network is excited to receive recognition from Food Tank’s list of 101 Food System Organizations to watch in 2014. This is a list highlighting organizations across the country with focused efforts on addressing and alleviating environmental, agriculture, food and water issues.
Ag Innovations Network would like to extend an big thank you to Danielle Nierenberg, an influential East Coast-based, journalist and food system leader, for this wonderful recognition.