Michael’s Thanksgiving Day Blog

Today is Thanksgiving Day. It is a very important day in our culture. It emerges from fact and has become mythologized and sanctified by time and official acts. My favorite President, Abraham Lincoln, made this day a national holiday during the Civil War, the nation’s greatest internal test of unity. One reality remains at the … Continue reading Michael’s Thanksgiving Day Blog

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California and the Future of Food, Wine and Community

I recently had the opportunity to give the keynote presentation to the 4th Annual Sustainable Ag Expo in Monterey California, November 12, 2008, entitled "California and the Future of Food, Wine and Community." The Expo is produced by the Central Coast Vineyard Technical Team. 2500 growers of wine grapes and other crops mainly from the … Continue reading California and the Future of Food, Wine and Community

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Michael R. Dimock’s Opening Remarks San Francisco Urban-Rural Roundtable

Thank you Ed, we appreciate you and American Land Trust for taking point on this incredible gathering. I too want to welcome the Mayor, the Secretary and all of you as distinguished guests in this very unique, and we hope, fruitful convening of important and thoughtful leaders. As some of you know, Roots of Change … Continue reading Michael R. Dimock’s Opening Remarks San Francisco Urban-Rural Roundtable

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Giving Thanks, an American Tradition

What do the Pilgrims, George Washington, Sarah J. Hale, and Abraham Lincoln all have in common? Hint: they liked heritage breed turkeys. Yes, they all contributed to the formation of the national Thanksgiving Day holiday. We all know the pilgrim story. Some may not know that President Washington offered the first proclamation on November 26, … Continue reading Giving Thanks, an American Tradition

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The Hunger Challenge Brings Fresh Insights and Renewed Feelings

It’s called The Hunger Challenge and a colleague in the good food movement from the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Paula Jones, asked me to join her in accepting it. I said “yes” when she explained it was a way to comprehend living with only $4 per day for food. That is the amount received … Continue reading The Hunger Challenge Brings Fresh Insights and Renewed Feelings

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Opening Remarks For Changemakers Day During Slow Food Nation

Following are three sets of opening remarks delivered by Michael Dimock at three panels of Changemakers Day during Slow Food Nation on August 29, 2008. Panel: Network Power and Food Politics in the Connected Age Thank you all for coming to Network Power: Food Politics in the Connected Age. My name is Michael Dimock and … Continue reading Opening Remarks For Changemakers Day During Slow Food Nation

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Introducing The Declaration for Healthy Food and Agriculture

What follows is a transcript of the first public reading of the final draft Declaration for Healthy Food and Agriculture By Michael R. Dimock and the Declaration Framers  in the Rotunda of City Hall, San Francisco Thank you all for coming to the first public reading of the Healthy Food and Agriculture Declaration, an effort … Continue reading Introducing The Declaration for Healthy Food and Agriculture

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Historic Illinois Legislation

On June 7th, the Illinois Legislature passed a history-making bill, HB 1300, entitled the Food, Farms and Jobs Act, which creates the Illinois Local and Organic Food and Farm Task Force and empowers that body to deliver by the fall of 2008 the Illinois Local and Organic Food and Farm Plan. The great language of … Continue reading Historic Illinois Legislation

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Sustainability: Agriculture’s Pathway to Reclaiming Center Stage

Here is the speech I gave for the Sustainable Agriculture Resource Consortium (SARC, www.sarc.calpoly.edu) at the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo College of Agriculture last week, May 16th. Sustainability: Agriculture's pathway to reclaiming center stage in the American social and political landscape Thank you for inviting me to share some thoughts with you about a … Continue reading Sustainability: Agriculture’s Pathway to Reclaiming Center Stage

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Notes on the Network

As you may have noticed, ROC is always talking about “the network” or the “Leadership Network.”  That’s because it’s a central part of our theory and strategy about how to make change. The upcoming listening sessions that the State Board of Food and Agriculture is holding in May and July to set 30 goals for … Continue reading Notes on the Network

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