Welcome to Ag Innovations Network
Ag Innovations Network brings people together to build a food system that works for all. We are facilitators of crucial conversations, conveners of meetings that matter, and enablers of change.
Our role is unique. We care deeply about creating a more economically viable, socially just, and environmentally sound way to grow and distribute food. We believe the best way to accomplish that goal is to create opportunities for individuals, farmers, businesses, and communities to better understand the changes that are needed and discover solutions that make sense. Our work is about bringing more democracy to decision-making about the future of food and farming.
We have three central programs:
- The Alliance Project: A growing network of California county-based alliances of food system stakeholders that meet monthly to work together to strengthen farms, improve access to good foods, and improve the infrastructure to support regional food distribution. These groups make policy recommendations and create local projects.
- The Roundtable Project: We convene and facilitate two California-based coalitions of statewide agriculture, environmental, and community organizations that are focused on finding shared policy solutions for the food system. The California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment focuses on issues that are of common concern to agriculture and environmental organizations including Farm Bill reform, climate change, land use, and food safety. The California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply focuses on the critical challenge of water use and availability for farms, cities, and the environment.
- Facilitation/Consulting Services: We offer facilitation and consulting services globally for organizations and government entities that are seeking to engage stakeholders, run more effective conferences, and understand the challenges facing the food system. Our core competency is cutting-edge facilitation and meeting design.
Thanks for visiting us. We hope you find our work and our site of benefit.
The Latest From the Field
News from our Alliances
San Mateo County Local Food Feasibility Report Released
The San Mateo County Food System Alliance is thrilled to announce the release of a feasibility study report that explored how to distribute more local produce to public (e.g., hospital, school, and county facilities) and private institutions.Read More »
SC3 Releases Healthy Lands & Healthy Economies Initiative - Nature’s Value in Santa Clara County
SC3: Landmark Research Collaborative Releases Healthy Lands & Healthy Economies Initiative – Nature’s Value in Santa Clara CountyRead More »
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.Read More »
News from our Roundtables
Call to Action to Preserve CA Agricultural Land
July 2014. The California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment released A Call to Action to Preserve California Agricultural Land, outlining policy recommendations to slow the loss of California’s farmland.Read More »
From Crisis to Connectivity
April 2014. From Crisis to Connectivity: Renewed Thinking About Managing California’s Water and Food Supply describes the connectivity approach, which provides a whole-systems framework for our water management decisions.Read More »
Recommendations for Increasing Regulatory Effectiveness
Jan. 2014. AIN’s recent report, Regulating for Agricultural and Public Outcomes: Perspectives and Recommendations, builds on CRAE’s earlier work aimed at helping agricultural land stewards succeed in meeting California regulatory requirements for environmental restoration.Read More »
News and Events
Position Announcement: Managing Director
December 2014. Ag Innovations Network (AIN), is now hiring a full-time Managing Director to lead our organization in its day-to-day operations. As Managing Director you will shape how we work together as an effective team and what systems, skills, and programs we develop to meet the challenge of creating a more sustainable food system.Read More »
Rx for the Future: Watch The 2014 James Beard Foundation Conference and Leadership Awards
The upcoming James Beard Foundation Food Conference—“Rx for the Future: Is better food the prescription for a healthier America?—is bringing leaders from across America to create a broad and collaborative agenda for improving health. Join Ag Innovations Network Executive Director, Joseph McIntyre, Mark Bittman, Michael Pollan and other notable good food advocates for this year’s conference and awards online.Read More »
Taste the Possibilities: Adding Value to Your Ag Business
Attend this small-farm workshop on November 3 to learn about adding value to your farm’s crops. Presented by University of California Cooperative Extension, Sonoma County Department of Health Services, and the Sonoma County Food System Alliance.Read More »
Water and Food Supply Bulletin: 17 Water Resources
CRWFS) Bulletin is a member-sourced information bulletin that includes timely reports and news pertaining to water and the food supply in California. This month’s bulletin features seventeen links to recent news and reports on water in California.The California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply (Read More »
Fall Newswire: 5 Pivot Points for a Healthier Food System
Greetings Friends of Ag Innovations Network: This has been nothing short of an interesting, albeit challenging, year for those of us working on food and agriculture issues in California. Our extended drought has put a spotlight on our absolute dependency on this scarce resource; our hearts and thoughts go out to the individuals, communities, and farmers who are struggling with dry wells and fallow fields. Yet there is nothing like a crisis to focus our attention on what matters.Read More »