The gift of not-knowing: Six questions for leading in complexity

By Katy Mamen The simple truth is that the world we live in today is bewilderingly complex. The growing wealth gap, the tenuous future of our democracy, and the trajectory of the global climate are just a few of the trends whose uncertainty can trigger deep angst. We see signs of complexity within our daily […]

Staff Learning Journey: Valley Ford Cheese Company and Stemple Creek Ranch

By Gillies Robertson I have visited many ranches and met many ranchers over the last decade or so. In my previous work as a project manager with Yolo and Shasta Valley Resource Conservation Districts, I regularly found myself wandering around a field dodging cow pats, getting my boots stuck in thick, sticky clay after a […]

Renewing our Vision, Mission, and Values

By Genevieve Taylor Dear Friends, In 2021, the board and staff of Ag Innovations took time to reflect on our vision, mission, and values — and our future direction.  We took time to talk to an array of partners new and old, including farmers, agencies, NGOs, foundations, and the corporate world. We asked, “What’s deeply […]

Staff Highlight Q&A: Guadalupe Garcia, Project Coordinator

What do you love most about your work here at Ag Innovations?    I love the diversity of different projects that we get to work on, from food systems to water projects. It really helps stretch my understanding and knowledge on natural resources.  So I get to learn a lot about water and relevant water […]

Two Top Skills for Collaboration

By Genevieve Taylor The issues of today are complex, interconnected, and most importantly, can’t be solved alone — particularly ones at the intersection of agriculture, community, and natural resources and the environment, where Ag Innovations lives.  However, collaboration is tricky business. There are so many ways it can fail, many try to skip it altogether. […]

Open Position: Searching for a project manager!

Ag Innovations in Sebastopol is growing and we are looking to bring on a new Project Manager to join our talented team. Our new Project Manager will support our facilitation team in creating effective change processes with project management and coordination, communications and other support to Ag Innovations clients, Program Team and Senior Facilitator(s). The […]

This COVID Moment

This Covid Moment. The uncertainty, the change, the fear, and the gratitude are thundering through in intense waves.  At Ag Innovations, like many of you, we have been “grounded”, working from home, working online. Can you imagine if this happened 20 years ago?  At times like these, it is clear how fortunate we are to […]

Making the Leap: Five Recommendations for Facilitating Great Online Meetings

As we head into week four of California’s “shelter in place,” many of us are settling into our homes and a new way of doing business. Of course, there are millions of Americans who have lost their jobs, and thousands of others who are working in intense conditions on the front lines, and, while no […]

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 […]