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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

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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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.

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Jan. 2014 The Santa Clara County Food System Alliance is pleased to announce the release of the Santa Clara County Food System Assessment.

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AIN launches the Alliance Producer Advisory Council (PAC)

Nov. 2013 AIN is pleased to announce the launch of the Alliance Producer Advisory Council! For more information click here.

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Second Annual Ag Education Forum

Nov. 2013. 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.

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