SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
Known for its appreciation of local, fresh and healthy food, the San Francisco Bay Area produces surprisingly little – only 2% -- of its own food.
Lack of local processing capacity, distribution networks, and capital to grow local and sustainable food businesses inhibit more local food production, but offer a fantastic opportunity for farmers.
Since 2008, AFT's work focuses on creating new economic opportunities for the region's farmers and ranchers, improving their prospects of staying on the land in the face of higher costs and increasing development pressure.
In 2010, AFT's landmark San Francisco Foodshed Assessment analyzed the area's ability to feed itself with food grown within 100 miles.
In 2011, AFT released a seminal report assessing the state of agriculture in the Bay Area in Sustaining Our Agricultural Bounty. The report found that moving forward, the Bay Area would need to embrace a regional agricultural sustainability strategy including conserving land, regional marketing, evaluating agricultural needs, access to capital, and linking farmers with urban consumers.
Current San Francisco Bay Area Projects Include:
Bay Area Greenprint Tool
Released in 2017, this online mapping tool reveals the multiple benefits of natural and agricultural lands across the region. This tool was created in collaboration with: The Nature Conservancy, Bay Area Open Space Council, Greenbelt Alliance, and GreenInfo Network
Bay Area Food Economy: Existing Conditions and Strategies for Resilience
Produced for the Association of Bay Area Government’s (ABAG) Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, the purpose of the Bay area Food Economy white paper is to highlight the economic and other contributions of the regional food economy, propose strategies and investments needed to protect and strengthen its contributions, and encourage increased investment in the agricultural resources and food supply sectors.
Bay Area Food & Farming Fund
AFT is leading work to build a regional strategy to help finance the growth of sustainable farms and food businesses in the region where the demand for local and sustainably grown food is soaring. The strategy addresses the infrastructure needed for family farmers to meet this growing demand—including distribution, processing and marketing—to assure that businesses can successfully support the region’s small family farms and ranches.