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The Bay Area Food Economy: Existing Conditions and Strategies for Resilience

The purpose of this white paper is to highlight the economic and other contributions of the regional food economy in California's Bay Area, propose strategies and investments needed to protect and strengthen its contributions, and encourage increased investment in the agricultural resources and food supply sectors that are a pillar of the area's regional resilience.

San Jose, CA: Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan

The Envision San José 2040 General Plan sets forth a vision and a comprehensive road map to guide the City’s continued growth through the year 2040. The Plan includes land use policies to shape the transformation of strategically identified and historically underutilized Growth Areas into higher-density, mixed-use, urban districts or “Urban Villages” which can accommodate employment and housing growth and reduce the environmental impacts of that growth by promoting transit use and walkability.

A Path Forward: Identifying Least-Conflict Solar PV Development in California’s San Joaquin Valley

To help reduce land-use conflicts associated with solar siting, Conservation Biology Institute (CBI), Berkeley Law’s Center for Law, Energy and the Environment (CLEE), and Terrell Watt Planning Associates, with input from the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), undertook a stakeholder-led process. Initiated in June 2015, the goal was to explore how multiple and diverse parties could quickly (within six months) identify least-conflict lands, including lands that are no longer agriculturally productive, for solar photovoltaic development from their perspectives.

Farm Succession Guidebook

In the pages that follow you will find a compilation of materials from professional sources assisting you in mapping out the complicated succession planning process. The Guidebook identifies key subjects involved in this process and  organizes the materials accordingly. In addition to articles and resources, you will also find some worksheets to help you gather your paperwork and think through your goals and wishes, as well as those of your family members.

Agricultural Mitigation Case Studies: Program Summaries and Stakeholder Perspectives from Seven Western Communities

This report attempts to answer questions asked by the community of Missoula County, Montana, including: how well different types of mitigation are working on the ground; how to calculate a value for conserved lands; how to ensure responsible management of conserved lands; and how mitigation works alongside voluntary land protection measures. The Land Use & Natural Resources Clinic at the has gathered information from seven western communities engaged in regulatory protection of agricultural lands.

Conservation and Affordability of Working Lands: Nine Case Studies of Land Trusts Working With Next Generation Farmers

Finding affordable land continues to be one of the biggest barriers facing beginning farmers and ranchers. Land trusts, which have long preserved farmland from development, are in a unique position to help new farmers access land. This guide contains nine examples of how land trusts and other conservation groups are working to help farmers and ranchers to accomplish this, and overcome the land barrier. 

Conserving California's Harvest: A Model Mitigation Program and Ordinance for Local Governments

This guidebook is intended as a resource for local governments that are developing mitigation programs for the conservation of farmland in California. The guidebook thoroughly discusses farmland mitigation policies and implementation strategies. It includes model policies and a model local ordinance. The California Council of Land Trusts developed this guidebook with input from experts in the fields of local governance, agriculture, conservation, law and mitigation. 

From Planning to Policy, Partnerships and Public Investment

The presentations in this session from American Farmland Trust's Farmland, Food and Livable Communities Conference examine the growing national attention on resiliency, food security and health, and how local food, local economies, and food system planning is receiving more attention from planners, policymakers and the general public. Many units of government, from city to multi-state regions, and nonprofit organizations, including foundations, are undertaking foodshed assessments, feasibility studies and plans to envision a more sustainable food system.

A New Generation of Working Lands: Possibilities for Land Trusts and Beginner Farmers in Coastal California

The report herein is a summary of key findings from a study done with land trusts and beginning farmer population in coastal California. Findings suggest that there is great potential for these two groups to work together towards mutually beneficial ends. However, a relationship between these two populations will only work if both groups come to the table understanding the needs of the other. This report hopes to introduce the most important factors for collaboration.

California FarmLink

Established in 1999, California FarmLink has developed a statewide program of economic development support for beginning, limited-resource, immigrant and other underserved farmers. FarmLink offers an online Land Access Program to connect California landowners and farmers; flexibly structured financing; an Individual Development Account (IDA) program to help beginning, low-resource farmers build business equity; and business support and training. They also can provide tools to help clarify goals and facilitate family discussions about the future of the farm business.

Agricultural Vision and Economic Innovation for Suisun Valley

In response to challenges to Suisun Valley’s agricultural industry, the County of Solano (the County) with financial support of the Suisun Valley Fund (the Fund), a joint venture of the City of Fairfield and Solano Irrigation District (SID), hired American Farmland Trust (AFT) to help the farm community articulate a vision of agriculture and identify ways to achieve that vision.

Encouraging California Specialty Crop Growers to Adopt Environmentally Beneficial Management Practices for Efficient Irrigation and Nutrient Management: Lessons from A Producer Survey and Focus Groups

To save water, and to reduce water pollution and greenhouse gases, fruit and vegetable growers can change the way they irrigate and fertilize their crops.To learn why the use of these environmentally beneficial management practices (BMPs) is not more widespread, American Farmland Trust polled and held focus groups with specialty crop growers, asking them what would make it more likely for them to try practices such as micro-drip and alternate furrow irrigation and timed application and precise placement of nitrogen fertilizers.

Saving Farmland, Growing Cities: A Framework for Implementing Effective Farmland Conservation Policies in the San Joaquin Valley

Saving Farmland, Growing Cities is the latest in a series of AFT updates on what is happening to Valley farmland as its cities grow. It outlines a new framework for land use policy choices that affect farmland and agriculture. It identifies six key challenges that must be addressed to conserve farmland and for each proposes specific, measurable outcomes by which to evaluate success. These performance measures provide a meaningful way to compare policy alternatives and to choose those that can minimize – if not entirely avoid – farmland loss while promoting sustainable community growth.

Roots of Change

Roots of Change (ROC) works to develop and support a collaborative network of leaders and institutions in California with interest in establishing a sustainable food system in our state by the year 2030. This network involves food producers, businesses, nonprofits, communities, government agencies, and foundations that share a commitment to changing our food thinking, food markets, and food policies.

Sustainable Agriculture Education

Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAGE) supports urban-edge farming and engages diverse populations in local, sustainable agriculture.

Founded in 2001, SAGE is an entrepreneurial nonprofit that seeks to ensure that multifunctional agriculture – agriculture that provides food and other community benefits – is a key element of regional sustainability planning and that it is implemented on the ground in the San Francisco Bay Area and other regions.

Urban and Environmental Policy Institute

The Urban & Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI) at Occidental College is a multifaceted, social change-oriented Institute consisting of centers, programs and a core staff. UEPI provides a place for faculty, students, organizers, community partners, researchers, and policy analysts to collaborate. Their mission - to help create a more just, livable, and democratic region - provides the backdrop for a wide range of activities and relationships.


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