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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:

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.

Alliance News

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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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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Summer Meals For Kids: A Report on Eliminating Barriers to Participation

April 2014 The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) has been designed to fill a very important community need—food access for low-income children when school is out—but has historically struggled with low participation. This 2013 report explains the persistent summer meals gap and explains how it can be closed.

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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.

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The Y&H Soda Foundation Grants $1,000 to the Contra Costa Food System Alliance

Feb 2014 The Y&H Soda Foundation has graciously gifted $1,000 to the CCFSA for community engagement efforts; specifically community organizing and non-profit leadership. As a diverse multi-stakeholder body, the Alliance will enhance collaborative leadership skills and practice within its membership.

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