The San Diego Food System Alliance is focused on developing and maintaining an equitable, healthy, and sustainable food system for San Diego County.
Over 150 organizations have joined forces with the SDFSA to participate in activities in the following sectors: Farmers, Fishers, Gardeners, Food Businesses, Entrepreneurs, Public Health Organizations, Hunger Programming / Advocacy, Local Governments, Environmental Groups, Nutrition Educators, Schools, Institutions, and community members.
The five Working Groups the Alliance focuses on in order to tackle systemic challenges in the San Diego County food system are:
1. Reducing Barriers to Farming for New Farmers
2. Food Recovery
3. Urban Agriculture
4. Sustainable Seafood
5. Institutional Procurement.
Scroll below to read what the San Diego Food System Alliance has accomplished so far!
Food System Impact Highlights 2017
Focus on Racial Equity and Food Justice:
Partnered with Project New Village‘s Good Food District in Southeast San Diego to document progress for developing an alternative food system and addressing racism at a neighborhood level. Insights from the Good Food District will be spread to positively impact other communities.
Expanding Food Donation:
Supported the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act approved by Governor Brown (AB 1219, (Eggman). Held a Food Rescue Capacity Building Workshop and distributed a $15K grant for a refrigeration unit for five meal serving agencies.
Activating Urban Agriculture:
Co-sponsored the 10 Year extension of Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones Act, approved by Governor Brown(AB46). UAIZ is a tax incentive to convert vacant lots into community gardens and urban farms.
Reducing Food Waste and Building Soil:
Launched a county-wide Save The Food San Diego initiative which includes a consumer education campaign with Natural Resources Defense Council & Ad Council. Updated Municipal Code to support community composting enterprises within the city of San Diego’s franchise system with Healthy Soils Coalition. Developed a toolkit on a model composting zoning ordinance with Hidden Resources and UCSD Center for Community Health/County of San Diego.
Preserving the Local Seafood Economy:
Gathered over 250 individuals to support commercial fishing infrastructure on the Port at the community event: Future of Tuna Harbor: Focus on Win-Win-Win. Supported the advocacy efforts for Keep Tuna Harbor Fishing. Prepared for the launch of FishTales Campaign to pilot connecting consumers to fishermen.
Increasing Services for New Farmers:
Supported the Farmer Equity Act approved by Governor Brown (AB1348 Aguiar-Curry). Facilitated the expansion of land linking and capital access program services to San Diego. Began developing a directory of San Diego service providers for farmers to coordinate efforts and address gaps.
Expanding Healthy Food Access:
Healthy food access framework developed for promoting the Restaurant Meals Program for healthy food outlets. RMP allows for prepared meal purchases with CalFresh dollars for homeless, disabled, and seniors. Participated in a national policy lab for effective policy concept development.
Tackling Climate Change by Food Systems:
Advocated for a set of policy strategies on food systems and regenerative agriculture for California Association of Professional Scientists. Developed a carbon farming opportunity analysis report for County of San Diego with Batra Ecological Strategies to outline ecological co-benefits of carbon farming and local incentive mechanisms.
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