San Mateo Food System Alliance
SMFSA) has been breaking ground for the Food System Alliance movement since its formation in November 2006. As the first Food System Alliance in California, the group has sought to bring together all the parts of the San Mateo County food system into a cohesive group capable of creating an ever healthier and more vibrant local food economy.The San Mateo County Food System Alliance (
Throughout their seven-year history, the group has worked hard to hear and understand the very different perspectives on food and farming in the County from the views of “coast-side” farmers and fishermen to “bay-side” community service workers struggling against poverty and obesity. This is the first Alliance in California to seat both the County’s Agricultural Commissioner and its Public Health Officer, creating an unprecedented opportunity to link local food production to healthy citizens.
Recent Accomplishments & Projects
- The Alliance is in the process of developing a Food System Assessment of San Mateo County, to be released in early 2014.
- The San Mateo Alliance, with the support of Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), has completed an aggregation feasibility study to be released in early 2014.
- Alliance members used their 2011 publication, Why Sustainable Food is Important and How Your City, Town, or Community Can Contribute to a Sustainable Food System, as the basis for a series of meetings with city representatives in Burlingame and Redwood City to discuss implementation of sustainable food policies.
- The San Mateo County Food System Alliance organized and hosted a school garden award ceremony in both 2012 and 2013 and completed two pilot projects in the county, working with school officials and farmers to get fresh, local produce into schools. These resulted in the development of new farm-to-school relationships and contracts.
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 »
Impact of Sea Level Rise on CA’s Coastal Agriculture, Fishing & Aquaculture Industry 7/24
July 2013 The event will be held in Half Moon Bay on Wednesday, July 24th Impact of Sea Level Rise on California’s Coastal Agriculture, Fishing and Aquaculture Industry, and TourismRead More »
Half Moon Bay’s 22nd Annual Tour des Fleurs on 7/25 features SMFSA members’ farming operations
June 2013 Organized by the Half Moon Bay Chamber of Commerce, the Tour de Fleurs offers the public a once-a-year opportunity to tour local nurseries, farms, and the harbor.Read More »
RFP Release for San Mateo County Ag Ombudsman
May 2013 San Mateo County has released an RFP for an agricultural ombudsman position for the County, which will be overseen by the Ag Commissioner’s office. The need for an agricultural ombudsman was clearly expressed during the San Mateo County Ag Workshop held in November, 2012 which was co-sponsored by Supervisor Don Horsley and the San Mateo Food System Alliance (SMFSA).Read More »