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California Agricultural Vision: From Strategies to Results - Progress Report, Spring 2012

This report is organized into twelve sections corresponding to the initiatives outlined in Strategies for Sustainability. For each of the initiatives, the Vision is that articulated by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the State Board and the objectives are those defined by the Advisory Committee.

Sustaining Our Agricultural Bounty: An Assessment of the Current State of Farming and Ranching in the San Francisco Bay Area

To accommodate the region’s expected growth, strong land-use policies are needed to not only protect agricultural land, but also to foster an environment that allows local farms to succeed. Bay Area farms, most of which are small operations, must overcome unique disadvantages that their rural counterparts may not have to face. These challenges include development pressures, escalating land values, competition for water, lack of local distribution infrastructure, and regulations on value-added production (e.g. making grapes into wine). However, the Bay Area also has its advantages.

Planning for Food and Agriculture: Taking a Systems Approach - County and Community-based Planning

This is one of two webinars as part of a series hosted by American Farmland Trust--Planning for Agriculture and Food:Taking a Systems Approach.

County and Community-based Planning, December 12
Presenters include David Shabadazian, Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG); Katie Lynd, Multnomah County Office of Sustainability (Multnomah)); Jason Grimm, Iowa Corridor Food and Agriculture Coalition (ICFAC); and Kathy Creahan, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks (King County).

Reducing Community Food Insecurity: A Review of Options

This brief reviews two options that come under the category of direct government involvement. Within this category, the type of involvement can vary from legislation mandating certain performance to prohibitory or restrictive policies. This paper will look at one of each that has recently been used in two cities in an attempt to improve the food insecurity issue in their respective communities. The first section will review the recently enacted Minneapolis ordinance that requires certain grocery stores to carry a minimum selection of perishable food items.

Rural-Urban Connections Strategy

Although most of the Sacramento region’s 2.3 million residents live in and work in urban job centers, the region spans an extraordinary range of landscapes. From farming communities to historic mining towns, from the Sierra forests to fields that feed the world, our region enjoys remarkably diverse lands and natural resources. Across the six counties of El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba, approximately 70 percent of our lands are agricultural, forest, or other open space.

Sustainable Marin: Nature, Built Environment and People

Marin County has long maintained a tradition of environmental planning- while recognizing the essential links between land use, transportation, and housing. In the Countywide Plan, the 606 square miles of land and water that make up Marin County are designated into four distinct corridors. Each corridor is based on specific characteristics and natural boundaries formed by north-and-south-running ridges.

Regional Food Systems Infrastructure

In recent years, an emphasis on eating locally grown food has flourished. Amid concerns about the energy required to transport food around the globe, the environmental impacts of large-scale industrial farming operations, and food safety issues, many Americans have sought to direct more of their food-purchasing budget to producers located closer to home. Farmers markets, community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs, and efforts to strengthen connections between regional producers and consumers have grown exponentially to meet this demand; indeed, the number of farmers markets in the U.S.

Assessing the San Diego County Food System: Indicators for a More Food Secure Future

This assessment is the product of collaboration among a unique coalition of governmental, public health, social service, environmental and agricultural experts from throughout San Diego County and is intended to serve as a catalyst for community based policy change. In particular, the goal of this document is to examine the overall viability of the food system in San Diego County and in so doing, to identify key steps necessary to strengthen the foundation for a thriving local food system.

California Agricultural Vision: Strategies for Sustainability

California agriculture is the envy of the world, producing an abundance of remarkably safe, healthy an affordable food, while taking care of the land and environment. As one of only five Mediterranean growing regions on Earth, California is a major contributor to the global food supply and to the national security of the United States. To keep pace with growing demand for food, as the world’s population expands to nine billion people, California agriculture must remain profitable and competitive in a global market by efficiently using resources and controlling production costs.

The Good Food for All Agenda: Creating a New Regional Food System for Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Food Policy Task Force convened in November 2009 to identify a Good Food policy agenda and the steps to get there. The Task Force has worked to develop a Good Food for All Agenda with specific action steps and recommendations for how to advance the Agenda. The Agenda seeks to increase access to Good Food for everyone, improve public health, create quality jobs and small food enterprise opportunities, increase equity in our communities, and improve environmental sustainability throughout the region.

Contra Costa County, California: 65/35 Land Preservation Ordinance

This local plan for Contra Costa County limits urban development in the county to no more than thirty-five percent of the land in the county. At least sixty-five percent of all land in the county shall be preserved for agriculture, open space, wetlands, parks and other nonurban uses. To ensure the enforcement of the 65/35 standard, this ordinance establishes an urban limit line to be recorded on the "Contra Costa County Urban Limit Line Map."

California: Transit Village Development Planning Statutes

This Act promotes the creation of "transit villages" in California. The villages include easy access to public transportation and a mix of land uses for residents, workers, shoppers, and others. The villages are intended to improve air quality, increased transit revenue yields, increased the stock of affordable housing, redevelop depressed and marginal inner-city neighborhoods, and promote infill development and the preservation of natural resources.

Prioritizing Farmland Preservation Cost-Effectively for Multiple Objectives

American society derives many benefits from farmland and is often willing to pay to preserve it from urbanization. We present an innovative framework to support farmland preservation programs in prioritizing conservation investments. The framework considers the full range of social benefits of farmland and improves the application of decision analysis methods to the process.

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