Creative Work Fund

The Creative Work Fund (CWF) supports new works by artists that are developed through collaborations with nonprofit organizations. Artists and nonprofits in 14 San Francisco Bay Area counties are eligible to apply. With ArtPlace funding, in June 2012 the CWF will award four grants (from among 21) for artists’ collaborations focused on creative placemaking. In … Continue reading Creative Work Fund

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It’s Not That It’s Broken

I often hear that our food system is broken. I disagree. It is working the way it was intended, only better. In fact, it is working so well that it has itself become the problem. Our system of subsidies and incentives in food production evolved over decades, but it did so with a very clear … Continue reading It’s Not That It’s Broken

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Update: The Food Commons 2.0 lifts off the drawing board

After two years of conceptual designing and planning, the Food Commons has recently published its 2.0 version of its original and boldly ambitious concept paper that was first issued in March of 2010. In the 2.0’s Foreword, Fred Kirschenmann, a member of the Food Commons Coordinating Committee and a Distinguished Fellow of the Iowa State … Continue reading Update: The Food Commons 2.0 lifts off the drawing board

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Invest In Today and Tomorrow’s Food and Farms

What a year! Occupiers across the nation are finally challenging the corporate lock on our governance, a lock that is fully apparent in our food system. We are facing the reality that corporatism has supplanted democracy on the national level. So it is a serious and historic moment. I honestly believe that lobbyists are the … Continue reading Invest In Today and Tomorrow’s Food and Farms

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Reduce Your Waste This Holiday Season

How much food are you wasting during the holidays? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the US generates more than 34 million tons of food waste each year!  So what can we do? This holiday season Roots of Change recommends five simple ways to reduce your waste and help the planet.   1. Freeze … Continue reading Reduce Your Waste This Holiday Season

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Time to Occupy California’s Food System

After a long Wall Street career that included time as a global research director at a major investment bank, even I was shocked to see our nation’s financial system come to the brink of collapse in late 2008.  As the dust began to settle I was compelled to look where similar danger might exist and … Continue reading Time to Occupy California’s Food System

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Can California Save Its Salmon?

Lately when I go to the fish counter at my local market, I’m overwhelmed trying to determine the most sustainable options for salmon, especially with all the conflicting messages out there about farmed and wild-caught. Farmed salmon live in contained waters with no connection to their natural environment. On the other hand, wild-caught salmon spend … Continue reading Can California Save Its Salmon?

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US Farmers And Ranchers Begin With A Monologue While Consumers Want A Dialogue

The newly formed and already much discussed U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance recently commissioned a national survey. It showed that slightly more American’s feel the food system is headed in the wrong direction (42%) than think it is headed in the right one (39%). Nineteen percent don’t know. Results also showed that consumers want more … Continue reading US Farmers And Ranchers Begin With A Monologue While Consumers Want A Dialogue

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Farmers Adapt to Climate Change

The last eight months of this year have been harsh to say the least for farmers. Some parts of the country have experienced flooding, extreme drought and frost that caused irreversible damages to livestock and crops. Not only is farming arduous, risky and costly, but in addition, many producers must find ways to adapt to … Continue reading Farmers Adapt to Climate Change

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The Me or the We, a Golden Mean Required

I read a fantastic piece in The New York Times about Ntsiki Biyela, “South Africa’s Woman Winemaker of the Year in 2009” who is with Stellekaya, a boutique winery in Stellenbosch, the Sonoma of South Africa. She was born and raised in a small village, but lives and works in the modern agricultural economy. My … Continue reading The Me or the We, a Golden Mean Required

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