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Sacramento Region Food System Action Plan (2021)

2021 Sacramento Region Food System Action Plan

The Greater Sacramento region is at the heart of one of the world’s largest agricultural economies, producing products for people at home and around the globe. With its renowned food and agricultural assets, the region produces a large diversity of high-quality crops and products and values its agricultural heritage, while looking to the future as a global innovator and leader in sustainable agriculture, food, and health.

Yet, in spite of our great abundance, the region experiences persistent levels of food insecurity, lack of access to healthy affordable foods, and lack of equitable access to economic opportunities, among other conditions. The Sacramento Region Community Foundation (Foundation) engaged Valley Vision to prepare phase one of the 2021 Sacramento Region Food System Action Plan (Regional Action Plan), which assesses the capital area’s food landscape and offers recommendations to grow its capacity and resilience – efforts made more urgent by ongoing health and climate crises.

The project team also developed an eight-page document (below) containing summaries of key assets, challenges, and recommendations across the six strategic focus areas in the full Regional Action Plan (above).

Companion research and analysis on regional food security status, community food guides prepared by UC Davis, and a listing of new and expanded state and federal resources that can support recommendations and actions are available on Valley Vision’s website.

To stay engaged and informed about the Regional Action Plan and Phase Two, email us at FoodAndAg@ValleyVision.org.

The Food System Resilience Poll (October 2021)

Through the lens of our farm to fork brand and knowing that we face real challenges, this Food System Resilience Poll sets out to explore people’s perceptions around our food system and the connections between food, farm, and community. It also seeks to understand the ways in which the pandemic affected access to food, knowing that millions of people in our country already struggled with getting enough food even before the pandemic. With all the food and agricultural assets that we have, do the lived experiences of our region’s residents reflect our vision for what a farm to fork region should be?

The Poll, which was fielded by Valley Vision and CapRadio, in partnership with the Institute for Social Research at Sacramento State, is designed to help inform system work to build an equitable and accessible farm to fork culture that resonates and benefits all communities. The results helped inform the Sacramento Region Community Foundation’s 2021 Food System Action Plan, a robust set of strategies and tactics to guide industry leaders, policy makers, universities, and community groups toward actions that achieve more inclusive, supported, sustainable, and equitable food system practices (expected to be released in October 2021).

Some of the Poll’s most notable findings are: 

  • Self-reported food insecurity was higher in the Farm to Fork Capital than the U.S. average overall and disparities in access exist along racial and economic lines. Key supports, such as federal stimulus checks during the pandemic, provided important means of increasing food security during a hard time.
  • Even though they live in the Farm to Fork Capital, many residents in the region have not had opportunities to grow their own food or participate in local food and agriculture activities. 
  • About half of respondents have knowingly purchased local food, grown within 100 miles of home, however this practice is more likely among white, older, and higher income respondents. 
  • Respondents highly value wild, open lands and farmland, and enjoy living in an area with farms and agriculture.
  • Overall, the Farm to Fork brand is a popular one, however Latino respondents as well as those who live in cities were less enthusiastic.  
  • About half of respondents admit to regularly throwing out food, however, the same amount support paying a fee of at least $5 a month in their utility bill to support food recovery programs that could reduce food waste and hunger.
  • The vast majority of respondents are concerned that climate change poses a real risk to growing food in our region.

FSAP Listening Session | Food Economy

The Food System Action Plan (FSAP) is a regional food system investment strategy that will identify best practices, priorities, prevailing challenges, opportunities, and funding recommendations related to the region’s food system for the communities of El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo Counties. The goal is to increase the vitality of the region’s food system and to identify financing strategies and mechanisms to support a more equitable and accessible food system for all residents of the Greater Sacramento Region.

Valley Vision is convening listening and input sessions in topical areas as an opportunity to identify funding, capacity, and resource needs in the region’s Food System. The sessions are open to all interested and will directly inform the 2021 Food System Action Plan.

This session, Food Economy, will cover local market development, institutional procurement (Farm to School, Farm to Hospital, local purchasing policies, etc.); food hubs, food incubators, school central kitchens, etc.; agritourism; new food products/food entrepreneurs, agrifoodtech innovation and other related topics.

More information about listening sessions

FSAP Listening Session | Health and Nutrition

The Food System Action Plan (FSAP) is a regional food system investment strategy that will identify best practices, priorities, prevailing challenges, opportunities, and funding recommendations related to the region’s food system for the communities of El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo Counties. The goal is to increase the vitality of the region’s food system and to identify financing strategies and mechanisms to support a more equitable and accessible food system for all residents of the Greater Sacramento Region.

Valley Vision is convening listening and input sessions in topical areas as an opportunity to identify funding, capacity, and resource needs in the region’s Food System. The sessions are open to all interested and will directly inform the 2021 Food System Action Plan.

This session, Health and Nutrition, will cover health status, nutrition, and healthy eating; food and ag education and literacy, including cooking, gardening, agriculture, and science; culturally appropriate and traditional foods, and other topics

More information about listening sessions

FSAP Listening Session | Food Security & Healthy Food Access

The Food System Action Plan (FSAP) is a regional food system investment strategy that will identify best practices, priorities, prevailing challenges, opportunities, and funding recommendations related to the region’s food system for the communities of El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo Counties. The goal is to increase the vitality of the region’s food system and to identify financing strategies and mechanisms to support a more equitable and accessible food system for all residents of the Greater Sacramento Region.

Valley Vision is convening listening and input sessions in topical areas as an opportunity to identify funding, capacity, and resource needs in the region’s Food System. The sessions are open to all interested and will directly inform the 2021 Food System Action Plan.

This session, Food Security & Healthy Food Access, will cover food and nutrition security; emergency food system infrastructure, networks and capacity (i.e food banks); food deserts and healthy food access and affordability; food recovery systems, and other related topics.

More information about listening sessions

FSAP Listening Session | Environmental Sustainability

The Food System Action Plan (FSAP) is a regional food system investment strategy that will identify best practices, priorities, prevailing challenges, opportunities, and funding recommendations related to the region’s food system for the communities of El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo Counties. The goal is to increase the vitality of the region’s food system and to identify financing strategies and mechanisms to support a more equitable and accessible food system for all residents of the Greater Sacramento Region.

Valley Vision is convening listening and input sessions in topical areas as an opportunity to identify funding, capacity, and resource needs in the region’s Food System. The sessions are open to all interested and will directly inform the 2021 Food System Action Plan.

This session, Environmental Sustainability, will cover climate-smart ag, impacts of drought, flood, and extreme heat; sustainable groundwater management and water resources; healthy soils; food waste and recovery (SB 1383, etc.); agroecology, and other related topics.

More information about listening sessions

FSAP Listening Session | Viability of Agriculture

The Food System Action Plan (FSAP) is a regional food system investment strategy that will identify best practices, priorities, prevailing challenges, opportunities, and funding recommendations related to the region’s food system for the communities of El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo Counties. The goal is to increase the vitality of the region’s food system and to identify financing strategies and mechanisms to support a more equitable and accessible food system for all residents of the Greater Sacramento Region.

Valley Vision is convening listening and input sessions in topical areas as an opportunity to identify funding, capacity, and resource needs in the region’s Food System. The sessions are open to all interested and will directly inform the 2021 Food System Action Plan.

This session, Viability of Agriculture, will cover sustainable farmland preservation, access to land, urban agriculture, broadband and capital access, market channels/supply chains, and other related topics.

More information about listening sessions

FSAP Listening Session | Careers in Food & Agriculture

The Food System Action Plan (FSAP) is a regional food system investment strategy that will identify best practices, priorities, prevailing challenges, opportunities, and funding recommendations related to the region’s food system for the communities of El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo Counties. The goal is to increase the vitality of the region’s food system and to identify financing strategies and mechanisms to support a more equitable and accessible food system for all residents of the Greater Sacramento Region.

Valley Vision is convening listening and input sessions in topical areas as an opportunity to identify funding, capacity, and resource needs in the region’s Food System. The sessions are open to all interested and will directly inform the 2021 Food System Action Plan.

This session, Careers in Food & Agriculture, will cover workforce pipelines and skills pathways for new farmers and food producers; middle-skills job training and upskilling; ag-tech skills; issues of concern for farmworkers, and other related topics.

More information about listening sessions

Climate, Justice, and Jobs Summit

Join the effort to build an inclusive pipeline to grow green jobs in the Sacramento Region!

March 30th 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Workforce demands are shifting across our region in response to the climate crisis, policy mandates, and economic drivers

The Climate, Justice, and Jobs Summit, taking place on March 30th from 9 AM – 1 PM, will explore how our region’s response to this critical moment will determine the roadmap for access to quality and clean economy jobs as we move to a low carbon economy. 
 
Spearheaded by City of Sacramento Councilmember Eric Guerra and Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District Executive Director Dr. Alberto Ayala, this event will include presentations on current climate legislation, justice and inclusion, and workforce development efforts. We will hear from a panel of community members working in clean economy jobs, learn about their pathway, roadblocks, and effective supports. Joining the conversation will be state and regional experts who will discuss the importance of a focused effort on inclusive access to quality jobs in the Sacramento region. 

We will break out for an in-depth discussion in the following sectors:

Climate-Smart Agriculture

Built Environment

Mobility

During the break-outs, there will be a facilitated panel discussion where speakers and the audience will have an opportunity to address the current assets, future needs, and implementation strategies of each sector. 

As our region recovers from the highest unemployment on record, generating equitable, quality, clean economy jobs can be the low carbon vehicle by which our region recovers and advances into the future of work together.  We hope you can join us for this important discussion!


Summit Agenda

8:30 AM – Networking 

  • Rev. Dr. Charles Dorsey | Owner, The Dorsey Group

9:00 AM – Welcome

  • Evan Schmidt | Summit Emcee and CEO, Valley Vision
  • Councilmember Eric Guerra | District 6, City of Sacramento

9:10 AM – Community Perspective 

  • Moderator – Councilmember Mai Vang | District 8, City of Sacramento 
  • Community membersSonya Montgomery, Carlos Gomez, Abe Francis, Ty Bradford, Terry Jackson, Leo Zarazua, Briseyda Perez, Angie Cha 

9:50 AM – Establishing a Baseline Understanding: Climate, Justice and Jobs

  • Simeon Gant | Executive Director, Green Technical Education & Employment
  • Jennifer Venema | Interim Climate Action Lead, City of Sacramento
  • Monica Hernández | Director of Innovation & Partnerships, Sacramento Area Council of Governments
  • Jenny Lester Moffitt | Undersecretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture
  • Simeon Gant | Executive Director, Green Technical Education & Employment
  • Aida Cardenas | Deputy Director, Equity, Climate and Jobs Branch, California Workforce Development Board
  • Renee John | Regional Organizer / Workforce Project Leader, Valley Vision
  • Roy Kim | Deputy Director of Workforce Development, Sacramento Employment and Training Agency

10:40 AM – State and Regional look at Climate, Justice, and Jobs

  • Kip Lipper | Chief Policy Advisor on Energy and Environment, Office of the CA Senate Pro Tem
  • Luis Sanchez | Executive Director, Community Resource Project

11:10 AM – Break

11:20 AM – Breakout Discussions 

Climate-Smart Agriculture

  • Facilitator – Glenda Humiston | Vice President, Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California
  • Carrie Peterson | Employer Engagement Regional Director, Agriculture, Water, and Environmental Technology, California Community Colleges
  • Jacob Holmes | Director of College and Career Access Pathways, Woodland Community College
  • Sri Sethuratnam | California Farm Academy Director, Center for Land-Based Learning
  • Brenda Ruiz | President, Sacramento Food Policy Council

Built Environment

  • Facilitator – Kacey Lizon | Deputy Executive Director of Planning & Programs, Sacramento Area Council of Governments
  • Kendra Macias Reed | Deputy Director, Franklin Neighborhood Development Corporation
  • Rebekah Casey | Deputy Director, Grid Alternatives
  • Matt Nootenboom | Training Director, Sacramento/Shasta Butte Area Electrical Training Center & Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee
  • Alex Araiza | Manager of Commercial Delivery, SMUD

Mobility

  • Facilitator – Judy Robinson | Chair, Sacramento Area plug-in EV (PEV) Collaborative
  • Simeon Gant | Executive Director, Green Technical Education & Employment
  • Jose Bodipo-Memba | Director of Sustainable Communities, SMUD
  • Marc Doerfer | Chief Operating Officer, PemMotion
  • Chris Flores | Special Assistant to the GM, Regional Transit

12:20 PM – Breakout Session Report Out and Closing Remarks

  • Councilmember Eric Guerra | District 6, City of Sacramento
  • Dr. Alberto Ayala | Executive Director / Air Pollution Control Officer, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District
  • Rev. Dr. Charles Dorsey | Owner, The Dorsey Group

1:00 PM – Adjourn

Questions? More info?  Contact Grace Kaufman at Grace.Kaufman@valleyvision.org



Thank you to the following sponsors for their generous support and commitment to creating inclusive pipelines and equal access to clean jobs. 


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Workforce Needs Assessment: AgTech (2020)

Valley Vision, as part of its mission to support a 21st Century Workforce for the Capital Region, has partnered with the Los Rios Center of Excellence and the California Rice Commission, with support from the state’s Strong Workforce Program, on an analysis of the agriculture technology, or “AgTech” industry cluster.

This report focuses on the impact of technology on a range of occupations in the Food & Agriculture industry cluster, especially related to middle skill jobs, defined as those requiring more than a high school degree and less than a four-year degree.

Farm-to-Fork LIVE Webinar Series: April 17th, 2020

This Friday, April 17th, from 9 am – 10 am, Valley Vision will be hosting its next Farm-to-Fork LIVE webinar

As part of the We Are Farm To Fork initiative, Farm-to-Fork LIVE continues its webinar series where we hear from our food system partners. This week we were joined by regional leaders and organizations to discuss approaches being taken to support the emergency food system response in the face of COVID19.

Guest Speakers Include: Julia Burrows City of Sacramento Blake Young, Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services Joy Cohran, Yolo Food Bank Dave Martinez, Placer Food Bank Andrea Lepore, Solomon’s

Time will be set aside for attendee questions, discussion, and others to share information and resources. If you would like to reserve time at the end of the webinar to share information from your organization, please contact Emma Koefoed at Emma.Koefoed@valleyvision.org.

Register in advance for this meeting: CLICK HERE

Farm-to-Fork LIVE

Farm-to-Fork LIVE is the Sacramento Valley’s premier food and agriculture event series, featuring topics and leaders who are shaping the future of Farm-to-Fork.

Valley Vision is working with Visit Sacramento and others to strengthen and deepen the America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital initiative. Through conversations on a range of topics in food and agriculture, the region will explore what it means to be America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital and how we can strengthen our food and ag economy.

Attendees interact with top restaurateurs, farmers, advocates, public officials, entrepreneurs, business executives, and leaders. Farm-to-Fork LIVE is our region’s unique gathering place for movers and shakers to demonstrate why the Sacramento region is America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital. Join us. Help us tell our story. Farm-to-Fork LIVE events are free and open to all.