CRAE: California’s Working Lands | Food Hub Feasibility Series | North Bay Climate Adaptation Initiative
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INNOVATION NEWSWIRE

December 10, 2015 | Volume 6

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Our December Newswire features articles from three areas - Working Lands, Local Food, and Our Approach. From our September CRAE Summit, four key recommendations emerged on what is needed to preserve and enhance working lands in California; Senior Facilitator Genevieve Taylor shares about her ongoing work with the North Bay Climate Adaptation Initiative and an emerging collaboration with Ag Innovations; and the final installment in our food hub feasibility series details the tremendous impact of value chain coordinators.

In This Issue

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CRAE Summit: 4 Opportunities for Preserving and Enhancing California’s Working Lands

What needs to happen next to preserve and enhance working lands in California? This was the final question posed to leaders who participated in the 2015 CRAE Summit on the Future of Working Lands. The answers were as diverse as the state’s farms, ranches, and working forests, which have adapted to environments ranging from the deserts of the Imperial Valley, to the towering mountains of the Sierra Nevada region.

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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 practitioners to expand their thinking about how their projects affect other parts of the food system. In our second post, we called on practitioners to build collaborative processes into their planning phases to reduce risk and create thriving partnerships. This final blog in our series shines a spotlight on the importance of value chain coordinators (also known as market facilitators) in food hub development and operation, and illustrates the need to measure the impact of their efforts.

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New Collaboration: North Bay Climate Adaptation Initiative

Every day, a growing number of people come to realize how the changing climate is affecting (and will affect) our lives, economy, health, and environment. Though our solutions must include bold steps to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, we must also prepare for the coming crises - that preparation is called climate adaptation. Incidentally, that preparation also brings a host of other benefits that help our community, the natural world, and our society, thrive.

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