Ag Innovations

Current Ag Innovations Roundtables and Projects:

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Groundwater Leadership Forum: Under a grant from the Water Foundation, Ag Innovations has designed and are a grantee collaborative focused on ensuring the success the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). This project highlights our use of systems thinking tools including: systems mapping, innovation labs, systems change evaluation, and transformative facilitation.

Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation (SALC) Prospective Grantee Outreach and Technical Support: in collaboration with Cultivate, Ag Innovations has designed and is implementing an innovative outreach and technical assistance program for eligible grantees for this ag land conservation and GHG reduction program that is designed to increase the number of successful SALC projects in California.

Department of Water Resources Flood_MAR Facilitation and Agricultural Outreach: in partnership with the Sacramento State Center for Collaborative Policy, Ag Innovations is supporting the development of a Flood Managed Aquifer Recharge research and development plan that ultimately will assist local areas in using flood waters to increase underground storage of water for future use.

California Water Action Collaborative (CWAC): Ag Innovations is the convener and facilitator of this innovative roundtable, which supports cross-sector (NGO and corporate) innovation and collaboration on projects that protect and enhance California's freshwater resources.

California Roundtable on Ag and the Environment (CRAE): For 14 years, Ag Innovations has been the convener and facilitator of California’s preeminent forum for agricultural and environmental leaders to resolve conflict, find common ground, and work together to support agriculture and improve environmental outcomes. They have sponsored policy initiatives, produced reports and hosted events that highlight the common ground they have found through discussions and learning among themselves and with experts from a variety of perspectives.

Firesmart: Ag Innovations is facilitating a series of community workshops focused on fire resiliency in California. Most recently, we facilitated Firesmart Lake Sonoma Watershed, which brought together stakeholders in the Lake Sonoma Watershed to duss ways to increase fire resiliency and mitigate fire risk in their community.

SGMA-Solano subbasin:  Ag Innovations is supporting the GSA formation process for two GSAs in the Solano Subbasin, primarily located in Solano County, by offering a range of professional services, including process design, facilitation, research and analysis.

Upper Klamath Basin Watershed Action Plan (UKB WAP): Ag Innovations is assisting Flow West to facilitate a year-long project among water scientists and other experts in the creation of a watershed restoration plan, in anticipation of the removal of five dams in the Upper Klamath Basin by 2023. 

San Mateo Food System Alliance (SMFSA): Ag Innovations founded SMFSA 13 years ago, and has provided facilitation and staff support throughout its existence. is a collaboration of community leaders focused on creating a better future for farms, people, and the environment in San Mateo County. Since its founding in 2006 the group has shifted the dialogue about, and the policy around, food system issues.

Recent Related Projects

Leadership Institute Strategic Planning

Ag Innovations worked with the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy’s board and staff to identify a strategic vision and develop their strategic plan.

Sustainable Food Lab Member Summits

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The Sustainable Food Lab (SFL), a long-time partner of Ag Innovations and one of our fiscally sponsored projects, enlisted the support of Ag Innovations from 2008 - 2012 in the design and facilitation of their annual member summits and learning journeys.

“By guiding collaborative and productive solutions to both today‚Äôs and tomorrow's problems, Ag Innovations has helped shape and inform the movement to improve California's food and farming system.”
Craig McNamara, California State Board of Food and Agriculture/Sierra Orchards