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California Water Action Plan: Analysis & Findings by the California Roundtable on Water & Food Supply

The California Roundtable on Water & Food Supply (CRWFS) completed an extensive review of the California Water Action Plan (WAP). Utilizing their holistic framework, the Connectivity Approach, CRWFS produced a white paper identifying major strengths and opportunities for implementing the WAP in a more integrated and adaptive manner for this Administration and beyond.

Project: California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply

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Applying the Connectivity Approach: Groundwater Management in California's Kings Basin

The California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply’s latest report Applying the Connectivity Approach: Groundwater Management in California's Kings Basin identifies opportunities for improved connectivity in groundwater management planning and implementation in the state.

Project: California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply

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A Call to Action to Preserve California Agricultural Land

A Call to Action to Preserve California Agricultural Land describes a suite of policy recommendations for slowing the rate of farmland conversion.

Project: California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment

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Shelter + Mobility: Recommendations for California's Specialty Crop Ag Workforce

SHELTER + MOBILITY: Recommendations for California’s Specialty Crop Ag Workforce offers a set of concrete recommendations to stakeholders on how they can act to increase housing and transportation resources for specialty crop workers, increase their access to jobs in the sector, and sustain the industry.

Project: Workforce Housing and Transportation Project

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Regulating for Agricultural and Public Outcomes: Perspectives and Recommendations

Regulating for Agricultural and Public Outcomes: Perspectives and Recommendations summarizes the perspectives conveyed by stakeholder groups, identifies areas of agreement among the groups, and presents recommendations for constructively addressing key regulatory challenges in both the short and long term.

Project: Regulations Affecting Agriculture

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San Mateo County Local Food Feasibility Study

The San Mateo County Local Food Feasibility report explores how to distribute more local produce to public (e.g., hospital, school, and county facilities) and private institutions.

Project: San Mateo County Food System Alliance

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Policy Considerations for Managing Agricultural Nitrogen to Reduce Groundwater Contamination in California

Policy Considerations for Managing Agricultural Nitrogen to Reduce Groundwater Contamination in California communicates both a set of key facts important to building policy regarding nitrate in the agricultural context, and a set of key considerations to support effective policy-making.

Project: California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment

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From Storage to Retention: Expanding California's Options for Meeting Its Water Needs

From Storage to Retention: Expanding California’s Options for Meeting Its Water Needs provides a consensus framework for guiding efforts to improve storage options and a set of high-priority actions towards improving California’s water management.

Project: California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply

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From Crisis to Connectivity: Renewed Thinking About Managing California’s Water & Food Supply

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. The accompanying booklet, Applying the Connectivity Approach: Water and Food Supply Projects in California that Connect, Link, and Engage, features existing efforts that already generate the sorts of connected-benefit solutions described in the report.

Project: California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply

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Sonoma County Healthy and Sustainable Food Action Plan

The Sonoma County Healthy and Sustainable Food Action Plan provides a road map with shared community vision and goals for Sonoma County's local food system.

Project: Sonoma County Food System Alliance

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Videos & Presentations

Sonoma County Food System Alliance: Growing Our Farms Forum

Growing Our Farms brought together 150 diverse food and farming interests to share resources and forge working partnerships between landowners, land seekers, and support organizations working to improve land availibility and affordability for local food production in Sonoma County. Throughout the day, participants explored creative land leasing and innovative financing models, and expanded their relationships throughout the local ag and foodscape.

Project: Sonoma County Food System Alliance

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2014 Salon Series: Finding Higher Ground

Joseph McIntyre, President of Ag Innovations, discusses how to move collaborations to action. Part of Ag Innovations' 'Salon Series' targeted to bring resources to leaders and food system advocates. 

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2014 Salon Series: Food Action Plans

Is your community or organization working to create a unified vision for your county's food system? Join Ag Innovations as we divulge the details of our Sonoma County Food Action Plan, a product of the Sonoma County Food System Alliance. The plan is one of few of its kind in the country, providing a roadmap for a more sustainable food system across sectors. 

Project: Sonoma County Food System Alliance

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2014 Salon Series: Food 'System' Thinking

This Ag Innovations 'Salon' introduces viewers to the concept of systems thinking and how it can assist leaders in developing more effective and durable solutions. 

 

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2014 Salon Series: Using Teams Effectively

Groups who can effectively deploy action-oriented teams and committees can increase their impact in the community and more quickly achieve their goals. Watch this Ag Innovations 'Salon' On team effectiveness, through the lens of local food advocacy groups, to learn how to improve your collaboration.

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James Beard Foundation Conference: Changing the Health/Equity Equation

In this video clip from the 2014 James Beard Foundation Food Conference, Ag Innovations President Joseph McIntyre poses the question: What is needed in your community to address disease and disparity?

Project: James Beard Foundation Annual Food Conference

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James Beard Foundation Food Conference: Community Exchange - The Healthiest You

Ag Innovations President, Joseph McIntyre, speaks at the James Beard Foundation Food Conference to lead audience members into a collaborative exercise to define the word, "healthy." 

Project: James Beard Foundation Annual Food Conference

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Creating a Sustainable Food System

We need to grow more food than ever, but how can we do so within the confines of nature?

Join Joseph McIntyre, Ag Innovations' President, and other local leaders as they talk about what is needed to make a more sustainable food system possible.

Project: Sonoma County Food System Alliance

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Food Access: Challenges and Solutions

Join Ag Innovation's President, Joseph McIntyre, and other local food system stakeholders, as they explore the challenges associated with a lack of access to healthy food in Sonoma County, CA and the community-based solutions being created to address them. This video is part of KRCB's "Health Connections" series.

Project: Sonoma County Food System Alliance

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Grow Your Own Food

Why is it so great to grow your own food? Hear from Ag Innovations' President, Joseph McIntyre, and other food system leaders, as they talk about the benefits of growing your own food, supporting local farmers, and of having gardens in schools. This video is part of KRCB's "Health Connections" series.

Project: Sonoma County Food System Alliance

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