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.
As Fresh As It Gets! Receives Funding from County to Support on Going Work
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 »
SM County and the RCD have announced the appointment of the county’s first Agricultural Ombudsman
February 2014 San Mateo County and the Resource Conservation District (RCD) have announced the appointment of the county’s first Agricultural Ombudsman, Brett Melone. Brett will help producers understand and navigate the County’s permitting process and serve as a liaison between farmers and County officials, making the permitting process less intimidating and more effective.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 »