Implementing the Marin Agricultural Summit and Support Plan
Marin farmers, ranchers, and allies met on November 13, 2010 to participate in the Marin Agricultural Summit. During industry specific break out groups and small table discussions these more than 90 participants provided input and direction on issues, programs, and initiatives that will foster continued and future success for Marin agriculture. This input was captured in the day’s Notes and Memory and were subsequently formed into near, medium, and long-term action items within the Marin Agricultural Support Action Plan through a broad based partnership.
On January 31, 2012, the County of Marin Board of Supervisors received a full report a full report on the Summit including a progress update on the Action Plan. Supervisor Judy Arnold said of the Summit and Plan “Diversification, Communication equals Beautification and that’s what I think you have done.” “Here we have very clear direction of where we need to go,” added Supervisor Kinsey. The complete presentation and comments of support from the Supervisors are available online at the Board’s website.
Thanks to multiple partners and leads many of these action items are being implemented. These include:
- Signing ceremony for California's first organic agriculture apprenticeship program.
- Discussions and agreements are moving forward to use the Go Local materials in a united promotional campaign. The aim is to increase viability of local Marin agricultural products. Tentative plans are for these materials to be available for individual producer use in the next year.
- Supervisor Steve Kinsey has had two meetings with Sonoma Supervisor David Rabbit to develop collaboration on support for infrastructure required for harvesting, processing, packaging, and distribution of multiple species, organic and grass-fed livestock products. Outcomes from this effort will be longer-term in their delivery but already the willingness to work across county lines is opening doors to meeting local rancher needs.
- Through analysis and collaboration between Marin County Parks Department and Marin Agricultural Land Trust, the Count of Marin has revised its policy in support of agricultural land conservation including approval to develop and administer a program for that purpose. Read the specifics of the policy language and view the presentation by Linda Dahl, Director Marin Parks, and Board of Supervisors discussion and vote on January 31, 2012.
- Dominic Grossi hosting Coastal Commission Staff tour.
All the of Summit and Action Plan partners look forward to continued progress and welcome participation and support to continue action item implementation.
David Lewis, Director