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228 Urban Agriculture Advisor/Food Systems/ County Director—Alameda and Contra Costa Counties
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- Urban Agriculture Advisor/Food Systems/ County Director—Alameda and Contra Costa Counties (pdf), uploaded 05/18/2012 by Lucrecia Farfan-Ramirez
This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2012 cycle.
This is an extremely important position. In light of the near future retirements of the County Directors for these 2 counties, and the significant need in the Bay Area for Urban Agriculture Advisor to work with the various food system groups (public, private and non-profit) , it is critical to fund and fill this position as soon as possible. I fully, and enthusiastically, support it!
As urban sprawl continues to swallow up fertile and arable land in the SF Bay area, a great resource may be lost. Urban farming/gardening offers the possibility for local food production, carbon storage, and community development for the under-served urban public. An advisor with a leadership role in the area would help to facilitate community involvement and university oversight in this critical (and timely) blended field of agriculture and sociology.
I am very excited to see that there is a proposal for this position. City Slicker Farms has been working in urban agriculture for the past eleven years and we have seen a real need for an advisor for this field. We have been in discussions for years with UC Cooperative Extension staff members about the support urban centers need and the lack of capacity there is to offer services to urban areas. It is great to see how you have responded and I fully support a position like this. Because of the complexity of urban agriculture, I do hope that you require that the person has hands-on experience in the field.
I am very pleased to see this position is being proposed and strongly support creating and filling this position. Numerous groups are working to promote urban agriculture and greater food security for the county's residents. It is essential that Cooperative Extension be a participant in this work. Congratulations on this move!
I fully support the creation of this position. As the East Bay moves forward as a leader in urban agriculture, it is an imperative that our top educational resources include best practices in urban agriculture. There is no better institution to do this than the UC Cooperative Extension. This position is critical to support. It is a remarkable step in the right direction for education, greening of space and access to nutritious food in our communities.
I strongly support the creation of an Urban Agriculture/Food Systems position for Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. There is tremendous potential to build on the many established and emerging food production businesses, public, private, profit and non-profit, in the East Bay. Expertise in issues of growing food in urban areas as well as identifying and creating linkages that support an integrated network of food related businesses is needed. A key focus should be on food access and job creation. Cooperative Extension should play a central role in accessing research and resources that can be put to good use in the communities. I enthusiastically support this new position and the increased role of CE in the urban ag arena.
The need for a Urban Agriculture and Food Systems Advisor can not be overstated. Both Contra Costa and Alameda Counties are developing our food systems and continued support and expertise is needed to continue the good work of the organizations and citizens who's work is integral to further development of our local food system.
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