Ag Innovations Network (AIN) was founded in 2000 to build a better future for farmers, consumers, and communities. In the years since, we have worked across California and across the United States to bring together unusual partners to support change in the food system. We are a 501c3 not-for-profit California corporation.
The mission of Ag Innovations Network is to help create a food system that works better for everyone. We create forums for diverse stakeholders to come together and solve problems. We focus on bringing deep knowledge about food system issues coupled with cutting-edge process design and facilitation to create democratically driven change.
Our vision is a simple one: a world where the critical challenges facing the food system are being met head on by diverse stakeholders who have the skills and desire to solve problems collaboratively. It is a place where the public interest and the interests of the future are held in balance with our current needs and concerns. It is a place where our basic assumptions about food, farming, growth, and change can be challenged and examined so that creative solutions can flower.
To accomplish this goal we have set ourselves some key goals:
- To have every county in California have a Food System Alliance or its equivalent and to link all of these Alliances into a powerful network that impacts both their local communities and state and federal policy.
- To expand our Roundtable project to cover more issues impacting the food system and to include more stakeholders.
- To create and disseminate tools for new and current leaders on how to facilitate democratic change.
- To expand our programmatic offering nationally and globally, where they can be of service to others.