Yesterday I participated as a “celebrity chef” at The Yolo Land Trust’s “Day in the Country” annual fundraiser. It was their largest and most successful one ever. I had a chance to offer some remarks where I thanked attendees for their support. We were there to celebrate the bounty of Yolo County agriculture and Yolo County as a leader\model for building community, bridging rural-urban interests, and preserving working ag lands as a legacy so that future generations can enjoy the bounty and quality of life we celebrated yesterday. The cool thing was that Governor Brown was a surprise drop-by guest!
Paul Muller of Full Belly Farms, a leader in CDFA’s Ag Vision program, was honored for his years of dedicated service to the land trust, including starting the Day in the Country event, which is a fabulous opportunity to sample Yolo County wines and tasty tidbits from Northern California’s talented chefs — all of whom source products from Full Belly Farms and other Yolo County farmers and ranchers.
Preserving ag land is key to expanding ag exports around the world and ensuring we can build robust local and regional food systems.