Let's Talk About Food: Tapping the Opportunity for Davis

At the end of last year 30 local leaders (many working in the food and agriculture sectors) in Davis, California came together to discuss the potential of food and agriculture in Davis. In these “Let’s Talk About Food: Tapping the Potential for Davis” discussions the participants covered everything from the assets that Davis already has, the challenges that it faces and the opportunities ahead. Food policy improvements and the City’s brand and narrative as it pertains to food and agriculture were also discussed.

These discussions were convened by Dr. Catherine Brinkley, Professor in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at UCD, Ann M. Evans, author of the Davis Farmer’s Market Cookbook and former Mayor of Davis, and Deema Tamimi, founder of the Land & Ladle non-profit and Giving Garden startup, along with Diane Parro, under the auspices of the Davis City Council. From these meetings the organizers with the input from all participants, are crafting a recommendation to the City of Davis. The close-to-final recommendation will be ready and available for the public and the Davis City Council to read online on February 21.

Please see the schedule of meetings and the documents presented, including the agendas below. The final report will be posted here when available.

Discussion #1:

November 1st @ Davis Community Church

This meeting was opened by Mayor of the City of Davis, Brett Lee, Councilman Lucas Frerichs, and Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor. Tap image or here for presentation.

Discussion #2:

November 15th @ Davis Food Co-op

This meeting was opened by Davis City Council Member Gloria Partida and Davis Farmer's Market Manager, Randii MacNear. Tap image or here for presentation.

Discussion #3:

November 26th @ Davis Senior Center

This meeting was opened by Davis City Councilman Dan Carson and was closed by City Manager, Mike Webb and Mayor, Brett Lee. Tap image or here for presentation.

Davis Futures Forum

December 5th @ City Hall Chambers

This special "food edition" Davis Futures Forum was opened by Mayor Brett Lee and featured Paula Daniels, founder of the L.A. Food Policy Council. Her talk was followed by a panel of Davis food leaders, moderated by Mayor Pro Tem, Gloria Partida.

Attend the Public Forum

Civ Energy and Davis Media access are co-hosting a forum to cover the topics of food innovation and entrepreneurship, food-related branding for the City of Davis, food sustainability, as well as food security and access in Davis. For more info and to register, go here.

FED Report Coming Soon

Stay tuned for our Food and Economic Development (FED) Report and Recommendation to the City of Davis. We will post a draft here on February 21, 2019 and this report will be discussed at the Public Forum event on February 28th.

Thank you to all of the local Davis businesses who contributed food for these discussions.

Have questions? Email deema@givinggarden.io