Entries by Ag Innovations

Systems Thinking for Intractable Problems: From Problem-Solving to Emergence-Seeking, by Joseph McIntyre

  Where have all the simple problems gone? It seems that every group I work with these days is dealing with long-term, often intractable problems. Water management, ag land preservation, housing, climate change, and rural economic resilience all challenge the very way we think about problems and solutions. Multiple layers of complexity often obscure both […]

When Water Works with Fire: FireSmart Lake Sonoma

Sonoma and Marin counties have over 600,000 residents who depend on the water stored in the Lake Sonoma reservoir. This reservoir is fed by a watershed of about 84,000 acres, which is occupied mostly by private landowners.  These acres have a high and very high fire hazard status according to Cal Fire, and if a catastrophic wildfire […]

Firesmart Lake Sonoma Community Workshops

Like you, our perspective on fire was forever changed last October. In partnership, Ag Innovations and Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) are organizing a two-part workshop series called “FireSmart Lake Sonoma” about living with fire in the Lake Sonoma Watershed. Find out more about the project and workshop details, including essential resources here. We invite all […]

Creating a Movement

Ag Innovations was approached by the leaders of the Biodynamics Association and the Demeter Association in early 2017 about a project to bring together the biodynamic agriculture community around a shared agenda for the future. Motivated by the upcoming 100th anniversary of Rudolf Steiner’s first agriculture lectures in 1924 and the growing demand for biodynamic […]

Changes At Ag Innovations

I remember clearly the day I stepped into the role of president at Ag Innovations almost 13 years ago. My good friend and mentor, Michael Dimock, had handed me the reins so he could move to create great things at Roots of Change. I knew one thing then that is still true today. The work of Ag […]

Peering Ahead Into 2018

When asked how I feel about my new position at Ag Innovations my response has been, “Honored, daunted, excited!” Joseph has been a mentor, friend, and teammate for these last three years, and it is an honor to be taking up the plow in his stead, so he can – literally – move further afield. I […]

Ag Innovations receives $100,000 grant from PG&E to conduct Innovation Labs around forests, fire in Lake Sonoma

On November 29, 2017, Ag Innovations was awarded the Better Together Resilient Communities grant through PG&E , providing $100,000 to examine new ways of managing forest and watershed land to prevent wildfires.  We will partner with the Sonoma County Water Agency to bring together public agencies, private landowners, tribes, scientists, and forestry experts to develop collaborative solutions […]

Leaders Convene to Discuss the Future California Bioeconomy

Fundamental here is something about the way we work together as institutions and individuals – a collaborative spirit is needed to solve this problem that does not acknowledge siloed boundaries. –Joseph McIntyre, Ag Innovations Is waste wasted? Or is our thinking too limited? Everyday California farmers produce byproducts that must be disposed of in one […]