We are dedicated to co-creating systems that realize society’s highest hopes for the future: A water system that stewards natural resources and enhances ecosystem services from working lands. A system of forest health and resiliency that creates economic prosperity and opportunity for foresters, workers and communities. An agricultural system that promotes individual well-being, public health, and community vibrancy. A food system that serves the needs of farmers and workers, families and communities, and public agencies and business.
Our work is time-tested, as demonstrated by the decade-long contributions of projects like the California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment (CRAE). CRAE is synonymous with thoughtful leadership on divisive issues arising between agriculture and environmental perspectives. Since our founding in 1999, we have been active in growing local leadership and capacity through our regional food system alliances, which now extend across California and into Arizona. The California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply (CRWFS) has literally been rewriting the paradigm of how to manage water in California since 2006. Its work is widely cited by water managers and leaders around the state and continues to push the envelope on innovative solutions to one of our state’s greatest challenges.
Because of our deep expertise in food, ag and natural resources systems and collaborations, organizations around the country seek to partner with us on their projects. We bring our research, process design, and facilitation skills to clients as diverse as the James Beard Foundation and Second Harvest Food Bank, to help them arrive at the best possible outcomes through collaborative, impact-provoking efforts.