Grown in Marin
University of California
Grown in Marin

Preparing Marin agriculture for the next decade

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Marin’s agriculture is a cornerstone of its sustainability. This has not been by accident. Marin ranchers and farmers, the County of Marin, and community-based organizations have helped to develop the strategies and practices of viability and stewardship on Marin’s farms and ranches. The 1997 Marin County Agricultural Summit at Walker Creek Ranch, co-sponsored by Supervisor Steve Kinsey, was a critical moment in setting this course. Many recommendations from that summit have been implemented. A period of dynamic and remarkable progress in farming followed the 1997 Summit. A new decade is upon us with fresh challenges and opportunities, in which we can continue as leaders and innovators in sustainable agriculture. Some areas of Marin agriculture have grown and remain stable, while others need attention and creative action. New partners are at the table, and the overall enthusiasm and support for local farming and food systems has expanded markets, interest, and support. Much has been done, yet there is still much to do. Working again with Supervisor Steve Kinsey and our collaborative partners, we are organizing the 2010 Agricultural Summit to refresh our strategy for success of Marin’s agriculture, looking toward the next decade. Watch our website, http://cemarin.ucdavis.edu, for information and developments. More on this in the next issue

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