California Food System Alliance Network
Food System Alliances are county-based collaborations among food system leaders in the community who share a desire to build a vibrant, healthy, and durable food system. The Alliance network includes both Food System Alliances (FSAs) and Ag Futures Alliances (AFAs), and are currently functioning in 8 California counties- Contra Costa, Fresno, San Deigo, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma, Ventura and Yolo. The first Alliance was started in 2000 in Ventura County, California when leaders in the farming community decided to engage farming critics in the process of sharing views, trust-building, and ultimately identification of common ground.
Alliances typically include the following stakeholder groups:
- Food production and distribution interests including farmers, ranchers, processors, wholesalers, farm labor, and support organizations such as Farm Bureau.
- Public health and welfare advocates including public health officers, prevention groups, and others concerned about the link between good food and good health.
- The conservation community, including individuals and organizations interested in smart growth, air and water pollution, habitat, and pesticides.
- Independent community leaders who are interested in the problems of agriculture, the environment, and human health such as members of the League of Women’s Voters, and chefs, cooks, and other advocates of good food.
Ag Innovations Network (AIN) supports communities in convening Alliances and provides capacity-building services and tools to support Alliances becoming strong and independent bodies supporting their local communities. Ag Innovations Network provides ongoing support services and tools to the network of Alliances and is also providing capacity building services to a broader range of food and agriculture collaboratives. Our Alliance program is guided by the needs and interests of our Alliances as well as our Producer Advisory Council. The Alliance Program is supported by the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program administered by the California Department of Food and Agriculture and Columbia Foundation, as well as a wide range of local foundations, business and individuals in the Alliance counties.
As Fresh As It Gets! Receives Funding from County to Support Ongoing Work
February 2014 As Fresh As It Gets, a promotion and marketing program developed to enhance the marketability, competitiveness and economic viability of San Mateo grown specialty crops, was allocated $80,000 from The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors to support AFAIG for the next two years.Read More »
Fresno County Food System Alliance Member Sally Tripp Receives USDA Highest Award
Jan. 2014 Fresno County FSA member Sally Tripp receives 2013 USDA Secretary’s Honor Award for outstanding collaborative efforts involving a regional economic strategy in Fresno.Read More »
SANTA CLARA COUNTY FSA ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF THE SANTA CLARA COUNTY FOOD SYSTEM ASSESSMENT
Jan. 2014 The Santa Clara County Food System Alliance is pleased to announce the release of the Santa Clara County Food System Assessment.Read More »
AIN launches the Alliance Producer Advisory Council (PAC)
AIN is pleased to announce the launch of the Alliance Producer Advisory Council! For more information click here.Nov. 2013 Read More »
Second Annual Ag Education Forum
VCAFA’s Ag Education Committee hosted a forum for local agricultural educators to share resources, network, and to hear the results of a recent survey conducted by VCAFA’s Ag Ed Committee. Read about the forum here.Nov. 2013. Read More »