Happy Holidays

  This holiday season we want to thank our network and their incredible accomplishments! Thank you for being a part of our ROCkstar community committed to a healthy, vibrant, equitable and sustainable food system.          Toward better food and farm policies              Making fresh affordable  The California Food Policy Council            The California Farmers Market … Continue reading Happy Holidays

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Help Transform California Food Policy

The election frenzy is over and the stage is set for accelerating the changes we need for California’s food and farming future. Both the Assembly and Senate have powerful progressive majorities to set future focused food policy agendas. In addition, both arms of the Legislature have formed “Select Committees” dedicated to local, organic and sustainable … Continue reading Help Transform California Food Policy

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Slow Food International Congress Adopts Statement in Support of California’s Proposition 37, To Label GMOs

October 29, 2012   Turin, Italy — ROC President, Michael R. Dimock, introduced the following motion at the Slow Food International Congress in Turin, Italy. 650 delegates representing 95 nations unanimously adopted the motion. Slow Food founder, Carlo Petrini, gave an impassioned closing speech in which he emphasized the critical nature of this California vote. He said that … Continue reading Slow Food International Congress Adopts Statement in Support of California’s Proposition 37, To Label GMOs

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Update: Legislative Hearing on Sustainable Food and Wine

The newly formed Senate Select Committee on California Food, in conjunction with the Senate Select Committee on California’s Wine Industry, held their first hearings in Santa Rosa on Monday, October 15. The Committee Chairs Senator Noreen Evans and Assemblymember Mariko Yamada invited ROC President Michael Dimock, to provide opening testimony that would set context for … Continue reading Update: Legislative Hearing on Sustainable Food and Wine

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LA Times Op-Ed: The case for Prop. 37

The moment of truth is fast approaching for many Californians regarding Proposition 37, a Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food Initiative. The fate of this ballot proposition will be voted on November 6, 2012. Check out the latest LA Times op-ed from Dan Imhoff author of Food Fight: The Citizen's Guide to the Next Food … Continue reading LA Times Op-Ed: The case for Prop. 37

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Governor Brown Signs Three Bills To Support Healthy Food and Farms

The legislative session has ended with Governor Brown signing three bills of interest to health, environment and sustainable farming advocates. We thank you for all your support in helping make these bills become law. We want to shed light on two organizations that represent a new mainstream in food and farming. They are effective sustainable … Continue reading Governor Brown Signs Three Bills To Support Healthy Food and Farms

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Planting Seeds For Change

A garden in every school – can you imagine that? A Bay Area community is well on its way, with impressive statistics showing that 52% of its public elementary schools have gardens. The San Mateo County Food System Alliance (FSA), a multi-stakeholder collaborative of farmers, fishermen, ranchers, environmental and public health professionals, and residents, recognizes … Continue reading Planting Seeds For Change

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Taking Back the Streets through Urban Agriculture

In the past few years in South Los Angeles, there has been an emergence of innovative practices in urban agriculture taking place. Creative and efficient uses of city-owned parkways – the strips of earth between the sidewalk and curb – are being used for fruit and vegetable gardens. Given the social and economic context of … Continue reading Taking Back the Streets through Urban Agriculture

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Food Hubs: Bringing Local Food and Value Chains Into the New Mainstream

The demand for local and sustainable food has exploded in recent years. We are seeing that more large-scale retailers, institutions and individual consumers are eager to acquire food from local and regional sources in an attempt to curb the harmful economic, social and environmental impacts of industrial agriculture. But the current high-volume, long-distance food system … Continue reading Food Hubs: Bringing Local Food and Value Chains Into the New Mainstream

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Half Moon Bay Farmers’ Market: It’s All About the People

What does it look like when you combine local farmer control, comprehensive community involvement, and diversity of participants? The day that I got to visit Half Moon Bay Coastside Farmers’ Market it looked something like this: three lines of bright white tents nestled beneath blue sky and rolling hills, buzzing with people. Nearly everyone seems … Continue reading Half Moon Bay Farmers’ Market: It’s All About the People

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