Cal Ag Roots
This new project aims to put historical roots under current California food and farming change movements by telling the story of California agricultural development in innovative, useful and relevant ways. By creating a variety of accessible resources that tell this story—and opening new lines of communication between researchers and people engaged in agricultural advocacy work—this project would illuminate the often-hidden structures that define what’s possible in California farming.
Conceived of as the launch of our new Cal Ag Roots program, Docks to Delta: Listening to the Landscape Along the Capitol Corridor, will focus on three defining stories in California agricultural history with connections to places along the Capitol Corridor route. Docks to Delta will reveal the agricultural history evoked by a landscape travelled by thousands of commuters each day—the one seen through the windows of the Capitol Corridor train. Important agricultural sites with compelling stories are visible all along this route, which travels from San Jose to Auburn, and yet most people riding the train have never considered them.
Filling in the Gaps in the Merced County Food System
We are working with small to medium scale Merced County growers to prioritize their needs for implementing a successful local marketing strategy. Then, working with growers, we will develop a plan for meeting their needs.