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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.