Local Health Department Spotlight: Collaboration in Plumas County

by Holly Calhoun, Roots of Change. Dynamically meeting the needs of the community, as identified by the community. That’s what the Plumas County Public Health Agency strives to do, and they have been partnering with the Plumas-Sierra Community Food Councils, and the community based organizations that are represented on the council, to do so effectively. … Continue reading Local Health Department Spotlight: Collaboration in Plumas County

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Food Sovereignty & The Food Movement

How do we make change in the food movement? Clearly we can adjust our buying and eating habits. We can tell our friends, neighbors and colleagues about the importance of food and farming and the need for transformation We can work the halls of the State Capitol to enact new and better laws as ROC … Continue reading Food Sovereignty & The Food Movement

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Your voice makes a difference: ENACT 2015

Your voice matters in policymaking, but you can’t be heard unless you speak up! We invite you to join others who are asking the state Legislature to create a statewide Nutrition Incentive Matching Grant Program through this action alert. We need as many Californians to email in their support by May 22nd, so share it … Continue reading Your voice makes a difference: ENACT 2015

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Coming Together in the San Joaquin Valley

by Holly Calhoun, Roots of Change. April 30, 2015 – “We are all in this together” Chukou Thao said acknowledging the various groups in the room at the Nation Hmong American Farmers Association Annual Meeting: the Filipino Farmers, African American Farmers, Latino Farmers, Lideras Campesinos, farmers from Laos, the Rural Coalition, and agency partners from … Continue reading Coming Together in the San Joaquin Valley

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Collective Impact: Case Study of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council’s Good Food Purchasing Policy

By Holly Calhoun, Roots of Change. On Wednesday 4/22/15 the Los Angeles Food Policy Council (LAFPC) bimonthly Network Meeting featured a case study and panel discussion on their Good Food Purchasing Policy, “From Working Group to Good Food Policy: Collective Impact in Action.” The Good Food Purchasing Policy (GFPP) was born out of a working … Continue reading Collective Impact: Case Study of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council’s Good Food Purchasing Policy

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Earth Day Begins with the Soil

Photo source: biocycle.net Earth Day is about saving the earth. But this Earth Day the future could seem a bit bleak. Global warming – with its epic California drought – and the collapse of Honey Bee populations are two of many serious environmental crises before us. But in both of these challenges ROC sees opportunity … Continue reading Earth Day Begins with the Soil

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Food movement has a role in tackling drought and climate change

The drought is terrifying farmers and ranchers. Now is the moment for the food movement to support agriculture and help it move to a new and better place. You cannot hurt people when they are down and expect good results. If we bash farmers now it will make matters worse and potentially slow our progress … Continue reading Food movement has a role in tackling drought and climate change

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An Awesome, Under-Recognized Opportunity to Act on Climate

By Diana Donlon. As a plant-lover I’ve always appreciated healthy soil, but it wasn’t until I heard a rancher named Richard King explain how rebuilding the organic matter in soils has the potential to store tons of atmospheric carbon that I got true religion. “You should do a TED Talk,” I gushed after his workshop … Continue reading An Awesome, Under-Recognized Opportunity to Act on Climate

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Food Movement Gains Ground Despite Resistance

There are many signs that the food movement is having its intended impact AND we have much more to do to achieve a healthy, equitable and resilient food system. You may have heard that the Hersey’s Chocolate Company rejected GMOs and its Kisses will soon be free of genetically engineered ingredients. This is notable because … Continue reading Food Movement Gains Ground Despite Resistance

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Assembly Budget Sub-Committee #1 Testimony by Justin Rausa

On February 25, 2015, ROC’s policy director, Justin Rausa, delivered to the California Assembly Health & Human Services Budget Subcommittee, a request for authorization of $5 million annually to fund a statewide nutrition incentive grant program. The program would help farmers markets, farm stands, CSAs and small locally owned retailers provide match funds to SNAP, … Continue reading Assembly Budget Sub-Committee #1 Testimony by Justin Rausa

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