In California’s multiple responses to the drought, there is one key initiative that remains relatively unknown: the California Water Action Plan. The Plan calls for coordinated action to address the dynamic and interconnected challenges faced by the state’s water system. Efficient and effective coordination is exactly what is needed, but the question is, how do the actions of multiple agencies align to advance solutions that are strategic, connected, and adaptive?
Ag Innovations is pleased to announce that Lucy Norris has joined our team as our Regional Food Systems Program Director. Lucy joins us after eight years in Seattle where she was most recently the Director of Marketing for Northwest Agriculture Business Center. She collaborated with farmers, businesses, and partner organizations to develop the Puget Sound Food Hub to increase farm sales, reduce costs and waste, address regulatory requirements, improve food safety standards, and increase access to locally produced foods.
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In this issue, we take a look at the California Water Action Plan as the first succinct, centralized, and actionable water mandate in California’s history. We also review five key strategies that the California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment employs for successful collaboration and problem solving. And, finally, we are proud to announce that Lucy Norris, a nationally recognized food systems leader, has joined Ag Innovations as Regional Food Systems Program Director. More updates from our Impact Area blogs and Approach blog can be found on our website.
Our May Newswire, following on the heels of our website redesign launch, debuts a new format. In this issues, we highlight three articles from our new blogs, featuring content in our three impact area -- Local Food, Water, and Working Lands -- as well as a fourth blog on Our Approach. The news posts in May's Newswire include: "Applying the Connectivity Approach: Kings Basin," "Ag Innovations Adds Stellar Expertise to our Facilitation Team," and "Welcome to our New Look!"
Our April 2015 Newswire highlights drought solutions from our project, the California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply (CRWFS). Like all of our projects, CRWFS is composed of a balanced membership who agree to work towards solutions that serve all of California’s public interests. Their latest work focuses on how we can utilize a watershed approach to groundwater management to create long-term solutions for our state’s drought.
Evan Wiig of The Farmers Guild, a fiscally sponsored project of Ag Innovations, was interviewed about the Growing Our Farms forum in Sonoma County. Ag Innovations' project, the Sonoma County Food System Alliance helped produce the event and President, Joseph McIntyre facilitated.
Ag Innovations collaborated with local partners to produce the Hunger Forum, an event targeted to raise awareness, and create solutions for the hunger disparity in Sonoma County. Joseph McIntyre facilitated the event.