Dedicated to regenerating California's agriculture and food systems.
California Foodshed Funders is a fellowship of funders dedicated to accelerating the transformation toward regenerative organic farming practices; protection and renewal of natural systems; and healthful, locally-sourced, and just food systems. We are a peer-to-peer staff development organization for grantmakers that fund agriculture and food systems work in California. We are not a grantmaking organization.
California Foodshed Funders brings our members together for shared learning in our four focus areas of regenerative and organic agriculture, rural economies and livelihoods, soil and carbon drawdown, and equity and justice. The outcomes of our work are emergent and driven by our members' interests.
Members of California Foodshed Funders collaborate to increase our collective capacity to implement our mission, to learn from each other, and to share best practices so that we can be more effective in our work.
We believe that regenerative, organic farming practices are part of the solution set to the climate and environmental crises that we face. If widely adopted, these relatively low-tech solutions have the potential to ensure our resiliency to these crises.
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Founded in 2006
California Foodshed Funders began informally in 2006 when a handful of grantmakers convened to begin discussing how they could make a bigger impact on California's agriculture and food systems. In 2014, the organization became a fiscally-sponsored project of Community Initiatives.
Since this time, the urgency of regenerating California's working lands has only grown. Today we are more committed than ever to this mission. While not a requirement, the majority of our members represent organizations that actively manage farms and/or ranches, and are on-the-ground working to demonstrate the potential of regenerative land management practices and strategies in solving some of the most pressing challenges of our times.