Web resources - Ripe for Change

Food First: Institute for Food and Development Policy-Berkeley

As a member-supported, nonprofit 'peoples' think tank and education-for-action center, the Institute’s work highlights root causes and value-based solutions to hunger and poverty around the world, with a commitment to establishing food as a fundamental human right.

Community Food Security Coalition of Los Angeles

CFSC is dedicated to building strong, sustainable, local and regional food systems that ensure access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food for all people at all times. The organization seeks to develop self-reliance among all communities in obtaining their food and to create a system of growing, manufacturing, processing, making available, and selling food that is regionally based and grounded in the principles of justice, democracy, and sustainability.

Farm to School Program

Farm to School programs are popping up all over the U.S. These programs connect schools with local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing health and nutrition education opportunities that will last a lifetime, and supporting local small farmers.

Community Alliance with Family Farmers

The Community Alliance with Family Farmers is building a movement of rural and urban people to foster family-scale agriculture that cares for the land, sustains local economies and promotes social justice.

People's Grocery-Oakland

People's Grocery is a community-based organization working to find creative solutions to the food needs of the residents of West Oakland by building a local food system and local economy. Its mission is to uphold the human right to healthy and affordable food and to build community self-reliance by increasing neighborhood access to locally-produced fruits and vegetables and by promoting social enterprise, youth entrepreneurship, sustainable agriculture and grassroots organizing.

Rooted in Community-San Francisco

Rooted in Community (RIC) is a national grassroots network that empowers young people to take leadership in their own communities.

California Certified Organic Farmers

CCOF was one of the first organizations to certify organic farms in North America and has a long history of helping implement organic legislation. CCOF also emphasizes public education on the benefits of organic food.

Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association

The Association sees Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and biodynamic farms/gardens as an essential resource for healthy, nutritious food, environmentally wise farming or gardening and community development.

International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements

IFOAM's mission is leading, uniting and assisting the organic movement in its full diversity. Its goal is the worldwide adoption of ecologically, socially and economically sound systems that are based on the principles of Organic Agriculture.

The Edible Schoolyard Project

The mission of the Edible Schoolyard at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School in Berkeley, CA is to create and sustain an organic garden and landscape that is wholly integrated into the school's curriculum and lunch program.

The Center for Ecoliteracy

The Center for Ecoliteracy is a public foundation dedicated to education for sustainability. It administers a grant program, publishes in print and online, offers seminars and technical assistance, and supports systemic change, hands-on educational experience, and curricular innovation in such areas as food, health, habitat restoration, and environmental justice.

Literacy for Environmental Justice in San Francisco

Its mission is to foster an understanding of the principles of environmental justice and urban sustainability in our young people in order to promote the long-term health of their communities. LEJ creates positive, school and community-based opportunities for young people to play a role in the determination of their neighborhoods.

Full Belly Farm

Full Belly Farm is a 200-acre certified organic farm located in the beautiful Capay Valley of Northern California, an hour northwest of Sacramento. Full Belly has been farmed using organic practices since 1985 and is certified by California Certified Organic Farmers. The farm owners are Andrew Brait, Paul Muller, Judith Redmond, and Dru Rivers. With help from about 25 to 30 employees, the farm produces a diversity of vegetables, herbs, nuts, flowers, and fruits year-round. The farm also has a flock of chickens, a herd of sheep, and several cows. 

Ag Innovations

Ag Innovations Network is focused on supporting the "food system" and working to return agriculture and food to a central role in people’s lives. They are concerned about the sustainability of agriculture. They work with farmers, ranchers, environmentalists, and communities to design local strategies to preserve agriculture and the environment in perpetuity. They also work with individual farmers and ranchers to help them develop the plans that will ensure their survival in a complex and changing global economy.

Slow Food

Slow Food is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. Slow Food works to defend biodiversity in our food supply, spread taste education and connect producers of excellent foods with co-producers through events and initiatives.

Fetzer Vineyards

Fetzer Vineyards is an environmentally and socially conscious grower, producer and marketer of wines. A process to develop and initiate sustainable business practices was implemented in the mid-1980s. They are the largest grower of certified organically grown grapes on the North Coast and one of the largest in the world.

Chez Panisse

Chez Panisse has tried for years to make diners here partake of the immediacy and excitement of vegetables just out of the garden, fruit right off the branch, and fish straight out of the sea. In doing so, Chez Panisse has stitched together a patchwork of over sixty nearby suppliers, whose concerns, like the restaurant's, are environmental harmony and optimal flavor.

Richard Heinberg

Richard Heinberg is one of the world's foremost Peak Oil (oil depletion) educators and is a Research Fellow of Post Carbon Institute. He is the award-winning author of seven books including The Party's Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies. He is a journalist, educator, lecturer, and a Core Faculty member of New College of California, where he teaches a program on "Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Community."

David Mas Masumoto
David Mas Masumoto is an organic peach and grape farmer and the author of Letters to the Valley, A Harvest of Memories. A third generation farmer, Masumoto (52) grows certified organic peaches, nectarines, grapes and raisins. He works with his family on their organic 80 acre farm south of Fresno, California and also helps care for his parents who still live on the family farm.

Renewing America’s Food Traditions Project 

RAFT is a coalition of seven of the most prominent non-profit food, agriculture, conservation, and educational organizations dedicated to rescuing America’s diverse foods and food traditions. These organizations include: American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, Center for Sustainable Environments at Northern Arizona University, Chefs Collaborative, Cultural Conservancy, Native Seed/SEARCH, Seed Savers Exchange, and Slow Food USA. The coalition was formalized between January and March of 2004 to support a synergy between these partners and local, tribal, or regional groups of producers in their on-going work of safeguarding and revitalizing authentically American foods.



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