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24th Annual Envisioning California Conference

Center for California Studies

Friday, October 11, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (PDT)

Sacramento, CA

24th Annual Envisioning California Conference

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24th Annual Envisioning California Conference

Food for Thought: Current Food Trends and Policies in the Golden State

Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I Street, Sacramento

Friday, October 11, 2013

Following the dictum “you are what you eat,” the 24th annual Envisioning California Conference will explore California’s character by examining its food products and practices. More specifically, we are seeking to better understand the relationship between California’s food and its identity – not just as the world’s breadbasket, but also as a leader in food trends and agricultural and environmental policies. Food production and consumption has figured prominently in California’s identity, from Steinbeck’s stories about Salinas farmers and Monterey canners, to the celebrated ethnic restaurants tucked into neighborhoods throughout San Francisco and Los Angeles and elsewhere, to Cesar Chavez’s grape boycott of the 1960s and Governor Jerry Brown’s war on the medfly in the 1980s. So much of California – its immigration patterns, water infrastructure, land use patterns, transportation systems, and labor issues – are fundamentally shaped by its relationship to food.

We invite you to join us on October 11th at the Sacramento Public Library Tsakopoulos Galleria for a full day of exploring California through its food trends and policies. In addition to engaging panel discussions, we will enjoy California foods, wines and beers; discuss community supported agriculture and the Farm-to-Fork movement; and celebrate journalistic contributions on California’s food landscape. The Envisioning California Conference is organized by the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento.

For additional informaiton and a list of panelists see the Center's webpage:


8:30 – 9:15 a.m.                 Coffee, Registration and Welcome

9:30 - 11:00 a.m.              

Panel 1 - Stewardship of the Land that Sustains Us: The Future of Farming in California

Panel 2 - California’s Farm Labor Shortages and the Impact of Immigration Reform

11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.    Buffet Lunch, 19th Annual California Journalism Awards and Keynote Address by Renowned Author and Organic Farmer, Mas Masumoto

1:30 - 3:00 p.m.                

Panel 3 - Food Poverty in an Agriculturally Rich State: How to Address Food Access Inequities across California

Panel 4 - Farm to Fork: Future or Fad?

3:15 - 4:45 p.m.                  Afternoon Plenary - A Cornucopia of Food and Fun - A Taste of California Food Products and Ideas

4:45-5:30 p.m.                    Reception  

Have questions about 24th Annual Envisioning California Conference? Contact Center for California Studies

When & Where

Tsakopoulos Library Galleria
828 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Friday, October 11, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (PDT)

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The mission of the Center for California Studies is to strengthen democratic governance in California through preparing people for public service and leadership, helping to solve problems of public policy and enhancing civic literacy through multidisciplinary education.

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