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 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.
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 »
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 »
John Giusti Named Farmer of the Year
Apr 2014 At their 66th annual dinner and meeting, the San Mateo County Farm Bureau awarded local grower John Giusti the Farmer of the Year Award. John was commended for being a third-generation grower and a staple in the San Mateo grower community.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 »