The California Institute for Rural Studies has launched Cal Ag Roots to unearth stories about a vitally important segment of California’s culture and economy: Food Production.
How We Do It
Cal Ag Roots puts historical roots under current California food and farming change movements by telling the story of California agricultural development in innovative, useful and relevant ways.
There is deep knowledge about the structures, driving forces and key moments that have shaped California’s food system among recognized “experts” and those who have participated in the creation of CA farming, but this knowledge doesn’t always inform food movement work.
Cal Ag Roots shares stories from this wide range of people, opening new lines of communication among them.
Three key project elements:
California Institute for Rural Studies
Shifting California Ag towards social, economic and environmental justice requires a clear-eyed understanding of how and why the current agricultural system developed. Without this knowledge of where we’ve been and what structures we are surrounded by, it is too easy to reinvent past failed solutions, unintentionally replicate injustices and misplace energy fighting the wrong battles.
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The Cal Ag Roots Project is supported by an active and engaged Advisory Council. We're grateful to have the support of the following stellar Advisors on this project!
Janaki Jagganath Dan O’Connell
David Runsten Richard Walker
Susan Ellsworth Nina Ichikawa
Mario Sifuentez Lisa Morehouse
The Cal Ag Roots Advisory Council meets every other month-- always over a meal-- in rotating locations around the state. The advisors listed here are core members, but we welcome other voices and perspectives into our conversations.
Cal Ag Roots is a project of:
Huge THANKS to the following generous supporters of Cal Ag Roots. This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.