About the Forum 

Date/ Time: Wednesday, July 26th 9am-4:30pm
Venue: Leichtag Commons 441 Saxony Rd, Encinitas, CA 92024

The Farm Bill is a massive bill passed by Congress roughly every five years. The current bill expires next year. The Farm Bill affects every corner of the American food system, from what food farmers grow, to whether affordable, healthy food is available in your community, and how to address food security. In fact, over 80% of the Farm Bill budget supports critical food assistance programs including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed), and the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program. It also funds some of the largest land conservation programs in the country, international food aid, and dozens of other programs that influence what ends up on your plate.

Come learn about the Farm Bill and let's envision a healthier food future for San Diego!


Seating is very limited!
Tickets are $15 and includes a light breakfast ,farm-to-table lunch, and snacks/ coffee for the afternoon. 

Stakeholders Attending

Public Health/ Healthcare
County of SD Health & Human Services
American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association
Leah's Pantry
Vista Community Clinic
Alliance Healthcare Foundation

Hunger Programs/ Advocacy
San Diego Hunger Coalition
Bayside Community Center
2-1-1 San Diego
The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank
Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties
California Food Policy Advocates
Feeding San Diego
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Catholic Charities Diocese of San Diego

Farmer/ Farmer support
San Diego County Farm Bureau
Rural Coalition
Dickinson Farm
Second Chance
Farmer Mai
The Rockin R
Olive Crest Farm
Leichtag Foundation
Save Good Food
San Diego Roots
Wild Willow Farm & Education Center
Stehly Farms Market
Victory Gardens San Diego
Carlsbad Community Garden Collaborative
Groundwork San Diego
New Roots Community Farm
Tzaddik Farm
Gayanah's Farm
Montado Farms

Food System
San Diego Food System Alliance
Sunrise Produce
Community Health Improvement Partners
Kitchens for Good
Project New Village
Riverside Food Systems Alliance
BrightSide Produce
Mosaic Community Garden
Solutions for Urban Agriculture
Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center
I.B. Healthy Grocery Initiative (SunCoast Co-op)

Martina Skjellerudsveen
Inika Small Earth
Solana Center for Environmental Innovation
Batra Ecological Strategies
The Conservation Fund
ECOLIFE Conservation

Elected Official Offices
Office of County Supervisor Ron Roberts
Office of County Supervisor Bill Horn
Office of House Representative Scott Peters
Office of House Representative Juan Vargas

Edible San Diego
The Red Door
American Red Cross
Escondido Union School District
County of San Diego, Dept of Agriculture, Weights & Measures
Los Angeles County Public Works
UC San Diego Youth Advisory Council
Ecology Artisans

Labor/ Social Justice
Environmental Health Coalition

Community Member
Dan DeMarco

San Diego Food System Alliance
Farm Bill Forum San Diego hunger, poverty, and agriculture
Wed, July 26th 2017 9am-4:30pm Leichtag Commons
441 Saxony Rd, Encinitas, CA 92024 


9:00-9:30 a.m. Check-in 

9:30-9:45 a.m. Welcome - Farmer D Coastal Roots Farms, Healy Vigderson SDFSA Chair 

9:45-11:45 a.m. Roundtable: Farm Bill Overview + Building Equity (Facilitated by Rural Coalition) 

11:45-12:00 p.m. Don’t Forget Food Waste! Barbara Hamilton SDFSA, Chef Jessica Waite of Wrench & Rodent 


1:00-3:00 p.m. Local Impacts of the Farm Bill
(approx 10-15 min per speaker, 30 min moderator Q&A, 30 min audience Q&A) 

● Small Farmer Programs: Eric Larson, San Diego County Farm Bureau
● Sustainability + Conservation: Claire O’Connor, NRDC
● Public Health Consequences: Steve Eldred, The California Endowment
● Anti-Hunger Programs: Anahid Brakke, San Diego Hunger Coalition
● Soda and SNAP: Erica Phung, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association 

Moderated discussion by Diane Moss, Project New Village 

~ COFFEE BREAK 15 min ~ 

3:15-3:30 p.m. Story of a SNAP recipient Sherry Guia, UCSD Center for Community Health 

3:30-4:30 p.m. Visioning & Next Steps (Facilitated by Rural Coalition + San Diego Food System Alliance)


The Farm Bill Forum is an activity supported by Live Well San Diego: Healthy Works, and hosted by the San Diego Food System Alliance and University of California, San Diego Center for Community Health. This forum supports the Live Well San Diego vision for a healthy, safe and thriving region.

Gourmet lunch is prepared by chefs and volunteers of Berry Good Food Foundation with produce from Coastal Roots Farms

Venue Map

Leichtag Commons
441 Saxony Rd, Encinitas, CA 92024