The California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply (CRWFS) is a multi-sector forum of experts and leaders convened by Ag Innovations since 2010 to identify obstacles, develop solutions, and take action to enhance water security for agriculture, the public, and the environment in California.
In the Summer and Fall of 2018 Ag Innovations and Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) partnered to a two-part workshop series called "FireSmart Lake Sonoma" about living with fire in the Lake Sonoma Watershed. If a catastrophic fire were to occur in the Lake Sonoma Watershed, it could lead to contamination of the region’s drinking water supply, affecting over 600,000 residents. We are committed to working together on solutions to better protect your home and our primary regional water source. Lake Sonoma watershed has three distinct communities, connected by major roadways and divided by the lake. With this in mind we hosted a two-part workshop on reducing fire risk and increasing fire resiliency in the Lake Sonoma Watershed.
This project is a Resilient Community Pilot Project funded by PG&E Resilient Communities Better Together 2017 grant and the Sonoma County Water Agency.
The Santa Barbara Food Action Plan is the ongoing product of a community coalition of food system and health organizations facilitated by Ag Innovations that lays out the community's strategies and actions that will lead to a better food system for all. Ag Innovations is utilizing its decade-plus experience in other California counties in facilitating and producing such a community road map for food sytstem health.
The California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment (CRAE) is 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.
With increasing pressure to accommodate population growth on open space and agricultural lands in Santa Barbara County, it is critical that the community develops a collective vision for the future of its most important wild and working landscapes as well as the tools and strategies for how to move toward that vision.
The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) established a robust framework for the sustainable management of groundwater resources for the first time in California’s history. The first step in implementing SGMA is to develop Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs), a focal point of local public agencies and stakeholders at this time. 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.
In Santa Clara County (County) the time is now to align the myriad of plans, programs, policies and infrastructure investments affecting undeveloped agricultural lands across this rapidly growing County and its Cities to sustain the Valley’s natural environment, support the local agricultural economy, maintain the health of its communities and increase the resiliency and adaptation of this region in the face of climate change.
The Workforce Housing and Transportation Project (WHTP) brought together leaders from agriculture, labor, housing, and transportation throughout 2013 to develop a set of concrete recommendations outlined in our Shelter + Mobility report to local and state governments, the specialty crop industry, nongovernmental organizations, and communities on how they can increase housing and transportation resources for specialty crop workers, increase their access to jobs in the sector, and sustain the specialty crop industry.
In order to address regulations affecting agriculture, Ag Innovations held focused listening sessions with agricultural, conservation, and government agency representatives and leaders to build a better understanding of the experiences, challenges, and recommended solutions of each stakeholder group in 2014.
Since 2009 Ag Innovations has co-designed and facilitated the James Beard Foundation’s annual Food Conference in New York City, one of the country’s most important venues for the food movement that engages more than 200 attendees each year. This year's conference will be held on October 19th & 20th.
The Environmental Science and Policy Department of UC Davis hired Ag Innovations Network in 2014 on behalf of the Fresno Council of Governments and the San Joaquin Valley Policy Council to design and implement a series of public input meetings to validate and prioritize the data sets that are included in the San Joaquin Valley Greenprint Project, a non-regulatory, stakeholder-driven initiative to develop a map library about regional resources, to provide agriculture, water, and environmental leaders and decision-makers with the data, and to foster discussion about how to preserve agriculture, water and natural resources in the Valley, while also accommodating new population and urban growth.
In 2015 Ag Innovations is assisting Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties in their “Community Partner Strategy” project that will develop and enhance organizational and leadership capacities among their partner agencies.
Convening on Food & Farm Messaging
Dietel Partners and the Wallace Genetic Foundation engaged Ag Innovations in 2012 to design and facilitate a Washington, D.C. convening of 30-major national environmental and agricultural groups, and the foundations that fund them, to discuss how collaboration, communications, and messaging are critical to influencing the content of the Farm Bill.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), in partnership with American Farmland Trust, hired Ag Innovations to facilitate California Agricultural Vision (Ag Vision), a year-long planning process held in 2010, that resulted in the design of a 20-year blueprint for sustaining California’s agricultural economy.
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.
Marin Ag Housing Program
From 2010-2014, Ag Innovations worked with the Marin Community Foundation to facilitate a stakeholder participation process in the development of a program to finance the development and rehabilitation of agricultural worker housing on farms and ranches in Marin County, CA.
Coalition on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases
The Coalition on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (C-AGG) hired Ag Innovations in 2012 through 2013 to design and facilitate meetings and conferences, and to provide project management, communications support, and financial management.
Predictive Agriculture Initiative
Ag Innovations was hired by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Davis to design and facilitate the Predictive Agriculture Initiative workshop in April 2013, which explored potential for collaboration towards helping California agriculture anticipate and prepare for impacts resulting from climate change and other global drivers.
California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association, Strategic Planning
Ag Innovations worked with the Board of the California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association over the course of a few years to develop a series of strategic plans for the group to take their work to the next level, culminating in the hiring of CACASA's first executive staff in 2011.
Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops
In addition to serving as the fiscal sponsor for the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops (SISC), Ag Innovations’ staff has provided the organization with facilitation support and project management services since 2009.
Sustainable Food Lab Member Summits
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.
CAPCA Crop Teams Project
The California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA) is exploring new ways to organize its members around specific commodity groups. CAPCA is working with Ag Innovations to develop a new model for how members interact, get professional development and certification, and receive other CAPCA services.
California Food System Alliance Project
The Alliance project has been Ag Innovations' main project since the founding of the original county Alliance in Ventura County in 1999. At one time or another, as many as 12 different counties in California have had a local Alliance organized and facilitated by Ag Innovations.
San Diego Community Food Project
Ag Innovations served as an evaluation consultant for the Community Food Project of the International Rescue Committee in San Diego in 2011-2012, assisting in evaluation efforts and supporting integration of participant feedback.
Identifying and Managing Critical Uses of Chlorpyrifos in Alfalfa, Almonds, Citrus and Cotton
Ag Innovations was hired in 2014 by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation & University of California Integrated Pest Management (UC IPM) for a multi-year effort to obtain consensus among researchers and stakeholders on the critical uses of, and best practices for, application of chlorpyrifos, an insecticide known by many trade names including Dursban and Lorsban.
Central Valley Healthy Food Access Initiative
In 2013, The Northern California Community Loan Fund engaged Ag Innovations and Karp Resources to conduct a market analysis of California’s Central Valley food system that resulted in recommendations for local food access and viable financial products and services.
Informing Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Strategies for California
In 2012, Ag Innovations worked with Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions to design and facilitate a California workshop that engaged researchers, commodity groups and other organizations, and in 2013 Ag Innovations continued this project with greater stakeholder outreach and education.
Mendocino County Food Policy Council Assessment & Redesign
In Decemebr 2014, the Mendocino Food Policy Council (FPC) brought Ag Innovations on to help them rethink their internal structure, to help determine how to best incorporate priorities in the work they do, how to bolster their capacity and impact, and to reengineer how they work together to make change.
National Wildlife Federation Cover Crop Summit
National Wildlife Federation hired Ag Innovations in 2012 to design and facilitate a two-day multi-stakeholder summit in Minnesota around the theme of cover cropping.
Nonfumigant Strawberry Production Work Group
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation hired Ag Innovations in 2012 to convene and facilitate the Nonfumigant Strawberry Production Work Group.
Joining Forces: The Collective Impact of Collaboration
To speak to the California Environmental Health Association’s (CEHA) 2015 theme, “Joining Forces,” Ag Innovations’ President, Joseph McIntyre, was invited to deliver a thought-provoking keynote highlighting the importance of fostering collaboration between agencies that are working towards a common goal.
Sonoma County Incubator Farm
In partnership with University of California Cooperative Extension, the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District hired Ag Innovations to design and facilitate a large community meeting that introduced stakeholders to the proposal of creating a new incubator farm project.
San Francisco Urban-Rural Roundtables
Working with long-time partner Roots of Change, Ag Innovations developed the concept and process design for an Urban-Rural Roundtable (URR), a convening of targeted leaders from urban and rural areas to discuss collaboration.
California’s Compliance Carbon Offset Market Convening
Winrock International’s American Carbon Registry project hired Ag Innovations in 2013 to facilitate a convening to increase agricultural stakeholders’ understanding of the provisions of AB32 and opportunities for payment for greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation.