California Food System Alliance Network
The California Food System Alliances are county-based collaborations among food system leaders in the community. The Alliance network includes both Food System Alliances (FSAs) and Ag Futures Alliances (AFAs), and are currently functioning in 8 California counties- Fresno, San Deigo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Sonoma, Ventura and Yolo. The first AFA 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.
AFAs and FSAs are county-level multi-stakeholder collaborations of county leaders who share a desire to build a vibrant, healthy, and durable food system. The coalition is positioned on four primary legs:
- 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) is proud to be the sponsor and facilitator of the Alliance project. Our goal is to create a network of Alliances across the state of California that ultimately can link efforts to more effectively improve policies that impact agriculture, the food system, and the environment.
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 »
SANTA CLARA COUNTY FSA ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF THE SANTA CLARA COUNTY FOOD SYSTEM ASSESSMENT
Oct. 2013 The Santa Clara County Food System Alliance is pleased to announce the release of the Santa Clara County Food System Assessment. Click here to view the full Santa Clara County Food System Assessment.Read More »
Food Action Plan Forum Series Launched!
Sept. 2013 As part of the Food Action Plan (FAP) implementation phase, the Food System Alliance is hosting four community forums focused on each of the four action areas of the FAP.Read More »
AFA Alumni Reunion and BBQ
Sept. 2013 The Ventura County AFA held an AFA Alumni Reunion and BBQ at the UC Hansen Agricultural Resource and Extension Center. Catered by Chef Tim Kilcoyne of Scratch Food Truck, nearly 70 current and past AFA members reunited to learn about AFA’s recent work, and discuss current ‘hot topics’ in Ventura County agriculture.Read More »
Fresno Alliance Hosts “Dinner on the Farm” and World Café Community Dialogue
May 2013 The Fresno Alliance hosted it’s first “Dinner on the Farm” at Paul & Cheryl Betancourt’s farm in Kerman in an old almond orchard to bring together over 40 leaders who are working to affect change in the local food system.Read More »