Food Commons Fresno is growing a community food system that fosters health, stewardship, equity, and economic development. This system includes farm production, processing, distribution, and retail sales in Fresno and the surrounding San Joaquin Valley.
Broad-based community participation is a core value of the Food Commons. Food Commons Fresno assets will be stewarded for the benefit of the community by the nonprofit Food Commons Fresno Trust.
Business development will be accelerated by collaboration and partnership with existing local food and farming enterprises. Realizing this vision will occur in two phases:
PHASE 1 (2015-2016)
1) A farm-to-family local produce box purchased online for pickup or home delivery.
2) A local food hub that aggregates and markets produce from trusted farms to restaurants and institutions.
PHASE 2 (2016-2020)
Food Commons Fresno will launch its first retail market, pursue farmland purchase and expand hub activities to include a commercial kitchen and light processing.
Both the hub and trust will be governed by boards that include representation from the agricultural, environmental, and health communities as well as customers and employees. The structure and bylaws of the two entities will ensure that local food production assets and operations cannot be controlled or bought out by narrow interests.