Dear Food Commons supporters,
First, I want to thank you for joining an ambitious journey to rebuild our local food system in an equitable and sustainable way. Whether you’re a customer, supplier, vocal supporter, or all of the above, the change we’ve set in motion is truly inspiring. I’ve been honored to be a leader for the planning and start up phases of the organization. Not only are we improving the local food system, I’ve been improved in the process.
I’m writing you to share news and a vision for the future. I’ve been given the opportunity to join Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF) as their new Central Valley Regional Manager. NCCLF is making the Central Valley a strategic focus of investment and technical assistance for food businesses, affordable housing, and non-profits. I’m honored to build on the foundation that Alice Rocha has built over the past decade as she enters a well-earned retirement.
Exciting News! You’re now able to Add On 2.5 lb organic banana bunches to your weekly Ooooby box!
The top three fruits eaten in America are apples, bananas and oranges. In Central California, we are blessed to have so many oranges grown in our backyard. Major apple production isn’t too far away either with good supplies coming from the foothills and northern California. However, there are no bananas grown in this region. While the most ardent locavores might not choose to have bananas, we’ve heard that many of you would love to be able to add organic bananas to your Ooooby box. After all, it is the #1 consumed fruit in America!
Fresno, California, Nov. 28, 2016 – U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary Lillian Salerno today announced the expansion of the Food LINC program to Food Commons Fresno and two other organizations in Texas and Illinois. Food LINC, Leveraging Investment for Network Coordination, is a three-year initiative spearheaded by USDA and its philanthropic partners to enhance local and regional food systems.Read more
Building a new complete, wholly integrated system for local food is daunting and challenging. However, there is such tremendous capacity in the knowledge and experience of people in the Fresno region. We know it can be done and done exceptionally well. Some of the same hard work, thinking, innovation and spirit that built the food powerhouse in the Fresno region, which exports and feeds people around the globe, can be turned inward to also build a world-class local food system that is community-centered and serving.Read more