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

Food Tank Closing Keynote by Michael Dimock (video clip)

October 4, 2016 Michael R. Dimock

Closing Keynote by Michael Dimock, Food Tank Summit, Sacramento, September 22, 2016. Introduction by Danielle Nierenberg.

Read More

Farm Tank Summit – Closing Keynote by Michael R. Dimock

September 26, 2016 Michael R. Dimock

Michael R. Dimock’s Closing Keynote, Inaugural Farm Tank Summit, Sacramento, California, September 22, 2016: Good afternoon! It has been a pleasure and an honor to share this day in which we heard from an amazing line up of inspired, inspiring and action oriented speakers. Let’s hear it for them all! So I am the last guy […]

Read More

Ten Questions with Michael Dimock, President of Roots of Change

August 8, 2016 Michael R. Dimock

Food Tank recently had the opportunity to speak with Michael Dimock, President of Roots of Change, who will be speaking at the Farm Tank conference: Food Tank (FT): What inspired you to get involved in food and agriculture? Michael Dimock (MD): The realization in 1988 that the food system was the foundation of civilization and […]

Read More

A ROC Call to Action!

May 25, 2016 Michael R. Dimock

We need your voice today! ROC has been working with many allies since February to win a $5 million budget request to support nutrition incentives that help low income families afford fresh produce at farmers markets, farm stands, locally owned retail and through a CSA subscription program. We’ve gotten the request approved by the California […]

Read More

Michael R. Dimock’s Testimony in Support of Nutrition Incentive Funding Before the California Assembly Budget Committee March 30, 2016

March 30, 2016 Michael R. Dimock

Chairman Bloom and members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me to speak in support of five million dollars for the new statewide Nutrition Incentive Matching Grant Program created last year with the passage of Assemblymember Ting’s AB 1321, which was sponsored by Roots of Change. This program is built on the evidence-based success […]

Read More

Too small to survive, not too big to fail

February 19, 2016 Michael R. Dimock

Small farmers have among the toughest financial rows to hoe in the nation. Over the past two years a steady stream of well-written pieces, like the one below from Civil Eats , “Quitting Season: Why Farmers Walk Away From Their Farms” (by Debbie Weingarten),  clarify for us all that our food system is broken. If […]

Read More

We’re BACK!

Michael R. Dimock

ROC is gearing up again for another year of action after our late-fall-early-winter respite. AND we are in a significant transition related to both funding and our role as a supporter of the California Food Policy Council (CAFPC). In order to operate with less restriction on our policy work, ROC must raise more funds from […]

Read More

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