Shifting the Course of California Agricultural Policy - Year Two

Director, Cal Ag Roots Project

Grant Type: 

  • Leadership Program

Fellows: 

Award Date: 

November 2015

Amount: 

$15,000

Location: 

Davis, CA

This grant provides continued funding to support Ildi Carlisle-Cummins in her newly created position of Director of the Cal Ag Roots Project.  This project seeks to shift the course of California agricultural policy to a more socially equitable and ecologically sustainable system.  It is taking a novel approach to this by highlighting the history of California agriculture's development and where, and in what context, decisions were made that steered the course away from sustainability and social justice.  In this second year of the Cal Ag Roots Project, Ildi will focus on building the program's educational materials and stories and podcasts, building its online presence, and its institutional foundation (Advisory Board, strategic plan, and long term fundraising plans).

Grant Outcome: 

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