The Promise of Food Hubs | Sierra Water Workgroup | Enhancing Food Systems Leadership
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INNOVATION NEWSWIRE

August 20, 2015 | Volume 4

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August Innovation Newswire

Food hubs show much promise in advancing food systems change: follow our 3-part series on how food hubs can advance meaningful change. The August convening of the Sierra Water Workgroup resulted in several strategies to better secure the longterm health of the state's headwaters. Also, Ag Innovations is enhancing its impact with the recruitment of three new board members with deep expertise in climate science, water systems, and natural resource management. 

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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 sustainable models and understanding a food hub’s true viability requires a feasibility study that takes a holistic approach. 

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A Window into Upper Watershed Collaboration in the Sierra Nevada

The Sierra Water Workgroup (SWWG) convened in August to discuss three critical headwater issues: groundwater, protecting in-stream flows, and disadvantaged regions and communities. As the source of 60% of California's developed water supply, the diverse mountainous region shares unique challenges and opportunities. In their August conference, SWWG coalesced around five pathways toward collective action that will improve the long-term health of the state's headwaters.

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Noted Ag and Natural Resource Leaders Join Ag Innovations Board of Directors

Ag Innovations is pleased to announce that three of our most respected colleagues have recently joined our Board of Directors: climate scientist Juliet Christian-Smith, PhD from the Union of Concerned Scientists; retired USEPA water expert Jovita Pajarillo; and natural resources management consultant Mark Rentz. These additions bring a high degree of expertise and credibility to our governing body, providing valuable guidance, advice, and oversight during a period of exciting growth and transition at Ag Innovations. 

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