The Future of the California Department of Food and Agriculture

Written Testimony for the California Senate, Food and Agriculture Committee, Regarding the Budget and Future of the California Department of Food and Agriculture Presented by Michael R. Dimock, President, Roots of Change June 16, 2009 Sacramento, CA Thank you Mr. Chairman and distinguished Committee Members. I am Michael Dimock, President of the Roots of Change … Continue reading The Future of the California Department of Food and Agriculture

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San Francisco Urban-Rural Roundtable 3/31

These are Michael's opening remarks to the San Francisco Urban-Rural Roundtable , a collaboration of urban and rural leaders charged with forming a market development and food access plan for the city and its rural neighbors and to further develop the concept of regional foodsheds. We plan to publish the final recommendation document in the … Continue reading San Francisco Urban-Rural Roundtable 3/31

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Ag Vision Process for California – Phase 2

Here, in brief, is my perspective on the beginning of Phase II in the CA Ag Vision process, which commenced this past Tuesday night and lasted through Wednesday evening at a Sacramento River resort outside our capital city. A bit of background Ag Vision is the effort to develop a broad consensus on how California … Continue reading Ag Vision Process for California – Phase 2

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PlacerGROWN Food and Farm Conference

On Feb. 7, I had the opportunity to give the keynote address at the PlacerGROWN Food and Farm Conference. My thanks to Rich Peterson, Roger Ingram and the Board of Placer Grown for inviting me to share with the PlacerGrown community. I also want to thank Janet Moranda for putting me up at her lovely … Continue reading PlacerGROWN Food and Farm Conference

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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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