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

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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