Cultivating California’s Bioeconomy: Turning Ag Waste Into Profit

Is waste wasted? Or is our thinking too limited? Everyday California farmers produce byproducts of the food we eat that must be disposed of one way or the other. But are we throwing away money? What if we could transform waste into profit and at the same time deliver substantial environmental benefits? There is an […]

Sonoma County Healthy & Sustainable Food Action Plan: 2016 Status Report

Every community must answer the question, “how will we feed ourselves?” The way we answer this defines and describes us. Four years ago, the Sonoma County Healthy & Sustainable Food Action Plan (FAP) was issued as a call to action to answer this and many other food and farming related questions. The Plan was the […]

Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan Released

On May 24, a coalition of Santa Barbara organizations announced the release of the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan. The plan represents a milestone for both Santa Barbara County in reflecting community consensus on how to build a more resilient food system and for the food change efforts more generally in its focus on a postive […]

200+ Leaders Convene for 2016 Sonoma County Food Forum

“The Healthy & Sustainable Food Action Plan can lead us to our final destination – a society where each of us has a place at a bountiful table, where we protect the natural world, and where true prosperity is created by those who grow and prepare our food.” – Joseph McIntyre, Ag Innovations It’s been […]

2nd Annual Equitable Future Conference, May 26

From Economic Inequality to Economic Sustainability: Lifting the barriers for everyone to thrive. May 26, 2016 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Sonoma Mountain Village 1100 Valley House Dr., Rohnert Park, CA 94928 http://www.equitablefutureconference.org/ Joseph McIntyre will present at this conference geared towards individuals working to level the playing field for greater economic equality and sustainability. […]

Creating a Culture of Food Safety in Local Food Systems

As the market for local food expands further into the wholesale arena, the opportunity for collaboration has emerged for small farmers and their wholesale customers to create a culture of food safety in local food systems. Many small, diversified crop farmers in the U.S. that market their products directly to household shoppers through farmers markets […]

Purple Wheat: Growing a New Food System Collaboratively

Ask anyone on the street if they can name at least two types of tomatoes, and they’d probably throw out “Roma” and “cherry” without missing a beat. Can they list two different market classes or varieties of wheat? Are there even different varieties of wheat? In a way they’d be correct in thinking that there isn’t much diversity. […]

Taking a More Holistic Approach to Food Hub Feasibility: Measuring the Impact of Value Chain Coordination

In this 3-part series, Ag Innovations is examining food hub feasibility in a non-traditional way. This series weaves together insights from a growing body of food systems research and past experience in food hub development. In our first post, Efficacy of Food Hubs, we agreed on the USDA’s current definition of a food hub, then called for […]

Taking A More Holistic Approach to Food Hub Feasibility: Reducing Risk Through Collaborative Process

In this 3-part series, Ag Innovations is examining food hub feasibility in a non-traditional way. This series weaves together insights from a growing body of food systems research and experience in food hub development. In our first post Efficacy of Food Hubs, we shared the USDA’s current definition of a food hub, and then we called for […]

Taking A More Holistic Approach to Food Hub Feasibility: A 3-Part Blog Series

Evidence shows food hubs can play a role in solving complex problems in our food system. Food hubs are relatively new on the scene – we’ve only been studying, experimenting, and talking about them for less than a decade – which means they present a lot of opportunity for creating resilient regional food systems. Building […]