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San Mateo Food System Alliance

The San Mateo County 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.

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.

SMFSA members at Pie Ranch in Fall 2010. Recent Accomplishments & Projects


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.

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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.

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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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San Mateo County FSA Endorses 2013 California Food Policy Council’s First Annual Legislative Report

Jan 2014 The San Mateo County Food System Alliance endorsed the first-ever California Legislative Report for the 2013 legislative year, released by the California Food Policy Council (CAFPC) on January 8th, 2014.

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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 Tourism

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