With Special Thanks to
Our Event Sponsors:

Miossi Trust



Berkeley Food Institute

Whole Foods Market


Grimmway Farms

Solutions from the Land


FoodLink Tulare

Center for Ecoliteracy

Central Coast Grown

Central Coast Suites

New Times

Santa Maria Sun

Resilient Food Systems Cal Poly

Resilient Food Systems Conference

Friday, May 8th: 8 am - 5 pm
Saturday, May 9th: 9 am - 12:30 pm

We were truly privileged to have hosted some of the leading thinkers on a range of timely sustainability issues in agriculture. Please find below links to both YouTube videos of speaker presentations, as well as PDF versions of the slides presented.

A brief interview with Secretary Ross conducted by Cal Poly and KSBY's Richard Gearhart at the event can also be viewed at the RFD-TV Channel.


Day 1: Friday, May 8th - A look at leading sustainability initiatives in California food systems

I Love Farmers
Scott Vernon, Professor, Cal Poly Agricultural Education and Communication Department
Scott Vernon Slides (PDF)
Scott Vernon Video (YouTube)

Regenerative Agriculture: A Whole Systems Approach
Paul Dolan, Owner, Dolan Family Ranches
Paul Dolan Slides (PDF)
Paul Dolan Video (YouTube)

A Grower's Response to the Emerging Organic Market
Gerald Davis, Agronomist, Crystal Organic / Grimmway Farms
Gerald Davis Slides (PDF)
Gerald Davis Video (YouTube)

Climate and Agriculture: Challenges and Opportunities in California
Renata Brillinger, Executive Director, California Climate and Agriculture Network
Renata Brillinger Slides (PDF)
Renata Brillinger Video (YouTube)

Chef and Food Artisan Connection / Pastured Meat Production
Mark Klever, President, Belcampo Farms

Mark Klever Slides (PDF)
Mark Klever Video (YouTube)

Introduction by Andy Thulin, Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

Outside in SLO / Public Health and Planning Perspective
Kathleen Karle, Division Manager Health Promotion, SLO County Public Health Department

KEYNOTE - Health, Climate Change and Resilient Food Systems
Karen Ross, Secretary of Agriculture, California Department of Food and Agriculture
Karen Ross Video (YouTube)

Implementing Food System Sustainability: Sector Responses to a Changing Landscape
Ann Thrupp, Executive Director, Berkeley Food Institute
Ann Thrupp Slides (PDF)
Ann Thrupp Video (YouTube)

Transparency and Labeling at Whole Foods Market
Matt Rogers, Global Produce Purchasing Coordinator, Whole Foods Market

The Urban-Ag Interface: The New Renaissance in Agriculture
A.G. Kawamura, Founding Member, Orange County Produce; co-chairman, Solutions From the Land
A.G. Kawamura Slides (PDF)
A.G. Kawamura Video (YouTube)

Day 2: Saturday, May 9th - Focus on community and local food systems

Strategies in Community-Based Food System Development
Luis Sierra, Assistant Director, California Center for Cooperative Development
Luis Sierra Slides (PDF)
Luis Sierra Video (YouTube)

Building Resiliency in Regional Food Systems
Paula Daniels, Founder, LA Food Policy Council

SLO City Farm and Community Education Programs
Nicki Anderson, Farm Manager and Educator, Central Coast Grown
Nicki Anderson Slides (PDF)
Nicki Anderson Video (YouTube)

Strengthening Food Security within Food Banks: Access, Education, and Promoting Health Equity in Underserved Communities
Sarah Ramirez, Executive Director, FoodLink for Tulare County; Co-founder, BeHealthyTulare
Sarah Ramirez Slides (PDF)
Sarah Ramirez Video (YouTube)

California Thursdays: Fresh, Healthy Meals for Students and a Win for California Agriculture
Adam Kesselman, Rethinking School Lunch Program Manager, Center for Ecoliteracy; The Lunch Trust
Adam Kesselman Slides (PDF)
Adam Kesselman Video (YouTube)

DOWNLOAD Full Program and Speaker Information (PDF)

LOCAVORE Food and Wine Tasting Reception at the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center
Thanks to everyone who joined us to celebrate the conclusion of the conference at our special community reception in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) lobby featuring local, alumni-made and Cal Poly foods and wines!

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For questions and comments, please contact the Center for Sustainability at (805) 756-5086 or cfs@calpoly.edu