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Community Food Systems in California: Profiles of 13 Collaborations


California is a leader in both large-scale agricultural interests which feature global marketing, and small-to-medium scale farms which rely on diversification and direct marketing and a reconnection of agriculture and community. This publication profiles 13 of the growing number of local community food system initiatives that have developed in California in the last few years. The publication aims to provide basic information that can assist individuals or groups interested in starting similar projects in their regions, including Cooperative Extension advisors, community development practitioners, nutrition, youth and public health professionals, economic development planners, church personnel, academics and others. The organizations profiled have well-developed roots in a geographically distinct community, a holistic and comprehensive approach to addressing goals, and the cooperation of multiple organizations and individuals. They address several of the following goals: community food security (access to a nutritious, affordable diet), sustaining family farms using production practices that are less chemical- and energy-intensive; promoting direct marketing; community economic development; farm labor equity; and farmland protection. University of California ANR Publication 21574. 45 pages. Editors: Gail Feenstra, UC SAREP, and David Campbell, UC California Communities Program. Price: $6.00

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