I wanted to share my impressions from the second California Ag Vision process meeting held on Tuesday, September 15th. The first was held in early August. This is the stakeholder consensus building process involving approximately 100 leaders initiated by Secretary of Food and Agriculture, AG Kawamura, and the State Board of Food and Agriculture. The goal is to provide policy recommendations for the Governor that will ensure the food and agriculture system in the state is sustainable by 2030.
In Oakland, California this past week, the political momentum seemed to clearly and perhaps irrevocably shift to formation of a sustainable food system for the nation. Hailing from three western states and Washington DC, 120 leading activists
ROC convenes because it is an effective way to support a network. And that is what we are; we are a network of grass tops and grass roots leaders united and guided by common vision and a broad set of concrete goals.
I am Michael Dimock, President of the Roots of Change Fund (ROC). In the last 9 months, nearly 7,000 Californians have committed to work with ROC to create a sustainable food system in California by the year 2030. ROC engages the grass roots and grass tops, including the secretaries of USDA and CDFA, media, farmers and ranchers, food business and environmental leaders, farm labor organizers and urban agriculture advocates.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Roots of Change is a statewide stakeholder collaborative focused on ensuring a sustainable food system exists in this state by the year 2030. What we mean is that Californians will, first, steward the complex ecological and resources base underling the system so that the biological and mineral resource base is maintained at a minimum and hopefully enhanced for future generations.