Bringing you catalytic perspectives on the food system and food movement.

The Way Forward is to Build Community

August 28, 2015 Michael R. Dimock

By Michael R. Dimock Water is the primary topic in the food and agriculture world here in the state of California. The news media covers dozens of stories everyday. We learn that there’s not enough water now, but soon there may be too much. It seems the fight for control over water heats up in […]

Read More

Power Building for the Food Movement: A Mighty River From Many Streams

June 19, 2015 Michael R. Dimock

As ROC has said before, the food movement is composed of many streams of advocacy: worker and food justice, public health, faith-based, sustainable agriculture, climate and environmental protection, local economies, farm to school and slow food. As individuals we are often too weak to win, but combined we become a powerful river strong enough to […]

Read More

Local Health Department Spotlight: Collaboration in Plumas County

May 28, 2015 Roots of Change

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. […]

Read More

Food Sovereignty & The Food Movement

May 20, 2015 Michael R. Dimock

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 […]

Read More

Your voice makes a difference: ENACT 2015

May 13, 2015 Michael R. Dimock

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 […]

Read More

Coming Together in the San Joaquin Valley

Roots of Change

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 […]

Read More

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

April 29, 2015 Roots of Change

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 […]

Read More

Earth Day Begins with the Soil

April 22, 2015 Roots of Change

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 […]

Read More

Food movement has a role in tackling drought and climate change

April 9, 2015 Michael R. Dimock

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 […]

Read More

An Awesome, Under-Recognized Opportunity to Act on Climate

March 20, 2015 Roots of Change

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 […]

Read More