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.
San Mateo County Local Food Feasibility Report Released
The San Mateo County Food System Alliance is thrilled to announce the release of a feasibility study report that explored how to distribute more local produce to public (e.g., hospital, school, and county facilities) and private institutions.Read More »
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 CountyRead More »
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. Read More »
Summer Meals For Kids: A Report on Eliminating Barriers to Participation
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.April 2014 The Summer Food Service Program (Read More »
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 »