Welcome to September!
As we gear up for our Fall Gathering on 9/20 about sustainable agriculture, what better way to rev the engines than with Michael Pollan talking about story telling. Yes, it's long. But it's really good. It's the Edible Education 103: Introduction by Michael Pollan from The Edible Schoolyard Project on Vimeo. Forward to minute 22 to get to the meat (or tofu) of the class.
- A Banker Bets on Organic Farming. It’s unlikely that large-scale changes in the so-called food system will happen without movement on the part of big investors. (NY Times)
- New Agtivist: From backyard farmer to community visionary in Oakland. Abeni Ramsey started growing food in her West Oakland backyard when she was a college-aged single mom who wanted her kids to eat better food than what they could afford. Some seven years later, she’s well known among the Bay Area food community, selling produce from her business, City Girl Farms, to local restaurants and through a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program. (Grist)
- Becoming a Networked Nonprofit. Redesigning your nonprofit organization to become more participatory, open, authentic, decentralized, collective, and effective—via social media, networks, and beyond. (Stanford Social Innovation Review)
- Bill devotes $20M in hidden funds to state parks. California would use $20 million found hidden in a state Department of Parks and Recreation special fund to keep all parks open under a bill approved Thursday by the state Senate. (Sacramento Bee)
- Future of Jenner Headlands taking shape with new plan. The former timber property and grazing land could have been developed into ranchettes, but $36 million in public and private funds erased that threat. (Press Democrat)
- MROSD approves final plan for La Honda preserve. Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District directors approved a final master plan for the La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve on Wednesday night, setting the long-sought park on course to open by 2015. (Half Moon Bay Review)
- Does money grow on trees? Measure A—a referendum on the perceived benefits of county parks. (Pacific Sun)
Every Wednesday we find stories about land conservation and we share them here. Sometimes the links aren't about land conservation and that's fine too.
Join us on September 20 from 10am-1pm at the San Pedro Square Market in downtown San Jose for our Fall Gathering! We'll be talking about sustainable agriculture in Santa Clara, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties. More information about it, including who our distinguished panelists are, can be found over here. And join us on Instagram and Twitter with #ieatlocal and @bayareaopenspace