Market Match: Making California’s Farmers’ Markets Accessible

Civil Eats: When Allison Miller lost her job as a server at a restaurant that closed last summer, she wasn’t sure how she would make ends meet while living in San Francisco, one of the most expensive cities in the country. Surviving on unemployment benefits, she was able to qualify for CalFresh, funded through the federal … Continue reading Market Match: Making California’s Farmers’ Markets Accessible

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The Real Politics of Food: The Nation Awakens

As we head into the Thanksgiving season, the continuing momentum of the food movement across the nation is clearly visible. And for that I am grateful. I believe that 2014 will be seen as the year that the food movement demonstrated its capacity to become deeply political. The first weeks of November have been telling … Continue reading The Real Politics of Food: The Nation Awakens

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Commencement Address by Michael R. Dimock to the Silicon Valley Health Corps at The Forge at the University of Santa Clara

Hello! I want to say to all assembled that I am thrilled to join you in honoring these 21 graduates of the Silicon Valley Health Corps. I have read each of their biographies, reviewed their videos and the metrics of their success and I want to say my outlook on the future is enhanced. I … Continue reading Commencement Address by Michael R. Dimock to the Silicon Valley Health Corps at The Forge at the University of Santa Clara

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Renewable energy: One more step toward full farm sustainability

When it comes to sustainable farming, terms like organic, local, non-GMO and no-till are the concepts that come to mind for most people. While a pesticide-free growing environment and proper land-use practices are vital components for an eco-friendly farm, there’s another less obvious sustainability issue that can hide from even the most conscientious farmers – … Continue reading Renewable energy: One more step toward full farm sustainability

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AB 2385 – Update

We are disappointed to report that the Assembly Appropriations held AB 2385 (Market Match Incentive Program) in committee last Friday, the 23rd, effectively killing the bill for the 2013-14 session. AB 2385 and 1961 (farmland protection) were two of the food system bills stopped by the Committee. This is a step back and confirms the … Continue reading AB 2385 – Update

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Bittman piece sparks a clash of opinion and that is a good thing!

Mark Bittman’s May 6, 2014, column, “Leave ‘Organic’ Out of It” has sparked a vigorous debate among food movement members across the nation. ROC has been called out by many faithful allies and supporters, asking us to reconsider our Facebook post that stated, “Sure to spark debate, Mark Bittman takes on the food movement’s mistaken … Continue reading Bittman piece sparks a clash of opinion and that is a good thing!

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Meet Justin Rausa, ROC’s new Policy Director

You just returned from the Philippines. What was the inspiration for your trip? My younger brother graduated from nursing school with his BSN from UERM, so it was a big family celebration. It also served as a postponed honeymoon for my wife and me! Who in your family has influenced you most in your work … Continue reading Meet Justin Rausa, ROC’s new Policy Director

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Testimony on AB 2385, Market Match Nutrition Incentive Program Bill

Thank you Chairwoman Eggman and esteemed members of the Committee. I am Michael Dimock, president of Roots of Change. Roots of Change, a think and do tank committed to the future of California Agriculture and the backbone organization supporting the California Food Policy Council, is enthused to support AB 2385 because this bill confirms our … Continue reading Testimony on AB 2385, Market Match Nutrition Incentive Program Bill

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Help ROC Pass AB 2385, the Market Match Nutition Incentives Program

Watch this page for progress reports and calls to action. With your help we surpassed our goal and generated over 60 letters of support to the California Assembly Committee on Agriculture for AB 2385 by our deadline of April 22, 2014. Thank you!!! The Committee hearing for the bill will be on April 30th in the … Continue reading Help ROC Pass AB 2385, the Market Match Nutition Incentives Program

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Perspectives on 21st Century Agriculture by a Member of the Sustainable Food Movement

Good morning! It is joy to be with you this morning to engage in the most critical issue of our times and the topic of this conference: “Sustainability, the Way Forward.” I am hear to share my perspectives on sustainable food and agriculture. The whole concept of sustainable agriculture and food systems is fluid and … Continue reading Perspectives on 21st Century Agriculture by a Member of the Sustainable Food Movement

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