Food and Society

Integration of the food system, linking production, distribution and consumption


What is a "Sustainable Community Food System?"


A sustainable community food system is a collaborative network that integrates sustainable food production, processing, distribution, consumption and waste management in order to enhance the environmental, economic and social health of a particular place...


Initiatives and Projects:



Building Regional Markets and Communities

Farm to school

Farm to institution

 Values-based supply chains/food hubs

Agriculture marketing studies

Direct marketing


Urban Agriculture

Food system assessments and food policy

 County-level food system assessments:

  • San Luis Obispo County (coming soon)
  • San Diego

Community food security for low-income residents

Note: Also browse food system assessments for sections on food security.

Farmworker, Food System Worker and Rural Community Wellbeing