About Us

What is RFSA?

RFSA is a public-private partnership with members from the community, government, and business. Partners that collaborate include farmers, cooperatives, community gardeners, restaurateurs, health and hunger organizations, economic, and agricultural agencies.

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Why RFSA?

Who is RFSA?

The Riverside Food Systems Alliance is a network of people, organizations and agencies that work on projects to fill gaps in the local food system. They work together as well as individually on food, agriculture, health, and conservation projects.

RFSA has undertaken a challenge to help build a farm to fork and back to farm local economy by supporting regional programs that:

Food Systems Milestones

History

In 2014, the City of Riverside sponsored the first GrowRIVERSIDE Conference which drew a lot of attention to the local food movement and Riverside’s rich agricultural heritage. As interest grew, the City invited community partners to monthly planning workshops. Eventually, nearly 90 participants collaborated to envision a local farm to fork food system. The result was a Food Policy Action Plan. When all the goals of the plan are realized, partners will have strengthened the economy, raised awareness about healthy living, and conserved local farmland and natural resources.

Fresh and Local Sponsors

We would like to thank all the organizations that support this work.

California Department of Conservation

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Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation District

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City of Riverside -- Riverside Public Utility

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National Association of Conservation Districts

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Kaiser Permanente

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American AG Credit

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Riverside University Health System

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Riverside Food Co-op

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Burrtec Waste Industries

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CURE

Citizens United for Resources and the Environment

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Friends of Riverside’s Hills

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Riverside County Farm Bureau

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Western Riverside Council of Governments

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Grantors

USDA

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CalRecycle

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Mosaic

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California Natural Resources Agency

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California Department of Food and Agriculture

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Inland Empire Community Foundation - CARES

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Kaiser Permanente

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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Partners

We would like to thank all the organizations that support this work.

Riverside Food Co-op

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Riverside Garden Council

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City of Riverside

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American AG Credit

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Riverside Unified School District

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Riverside University Health System

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Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation District

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Riverside County, Department of Waste Resources

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We would also like to thank The Grove Organic Farm, Fox Farm, Nutrition News, UC Riverside, Field, & CURE.

Community Partners is the fiscal sponsor of RFSA.

Boards

Working Group Leads

Northside Heritage Meadows ProjectDiana Ruizruiz@rcrcd.org(909) 238-8338
Beginning Farmer Training ProgramPatrick Mitchellpatrickm@fivekeys.org(951) 905-8808
Food Rescue and Recycling
Food Hub, Soil Health, Owl BoxesScott Berndtberndtsplants@gmail.com(951) 452-6840
Market Match, Food Co-opSue Strutherssstruthers@att.net(951) 662-9556
GAP TrainingSandy Ramirezsandy_ramirez@att.net(951) 312-4031
GrowRIVERSIDESandy Ramirezsandy_ramirez@att.net(951) 312-4031
Growers GuildPatrick Mitchellpatrickm@fivekeys.org(951) 905-8808
Board MembershipCecilia AriasCecilia.X.Arias@kp.org(951) 602-4193
FundraisingSandy Ramirezsandy_ramirez@att.net(951) 312-4031
Communication-OutreachDawn Carterdawncarter1882@gmail.com(909) 238-8338
Community GardensScott Andrewsscott.andrews@yahoo.com(951) 235-6278
Inland Valley Farm and Food ConsortiumJoyce JongJJong@riversideca.gov(951) 826-5265
InternshipsArthur Levineartmaxlev@gmail.com(917) 734-8108
Economic StudyJoyce JongJJong@riversideca.gov(951) 826-5265

Board of Directors

Sandy Ramirez

ChairCoordinator Growers Forums and GrowRIVERSIDE

Deborah Ghamlouch

Vice-ChairThe Grove Organic Farm, GAP Trainer

Scott Berndt

TreasurerRUSD Food Hub, Fox Farms, Healthy Soils Consultant

Susan Fahrney, MPH

SecretaryEducation and Community Liaison

Dawn Carter

Cal Baptist University

Gayle Hoxter

Riverside University Health System

Joyce Jong, MS

City of Riverside: Economic Development Division, Local Farmer

Arthur Levine

Feeding Black Futures Advisory Council, Agroecology Commons Advisory Board

Patrick Mitchell

Ecological Agriculture Training Center

Sue Struthers

Riverside Food Rescue Project Coordinator, Riverside Food Co-op

Allison Paap

American AgCredit

Diana Ruiz, APR

Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation District, Fresh and Local editor

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Scott Andrews

Riverside Garden Councilscott.andrews@yahoo.com(951) 235-6278

Cecilia Arias

Kaiser PermanenteCecilia.X.Arias@kp.org(951) 602-4193

Gurumantra Khalsa

Nutrition News, World Be Wellgkhalsa@worldbewell.org(951) 640-3868

Malissa McKeith

Citizens United for Resources and the Environment, Inc.malissacurepres@gmail.com(213) 300-3550