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“Farming can be solitary, but the solidarity our grain producer cooperative has built will have lasting impacts on our success as farmers, helping grow our small operations so they act as examples and incubators for a new diverse generation of mentored farmers. The power of an organization like SBCFAN to support the activation and sustainability of such work, thereby effecting substantive, permanent change to our local food system, cannot be overstated.”

Melissa Sorongon

“The SBCFAN grant not only made it possible for our farmer collaborative to purchase equipment vital to growing heritage grains adapted to our local climate, but it also led to other forms of member investment and cooperation. As a result of this network, we see a greater openness to sharing equipment, knowledge, and resources—an attitude which makes local farmers, individually and collectively, more resilient.”

Melissa Sorongon

“Connecting residents to food grown in our region is common sense. Santa Barbara Foundation invests in the Santa Barbara County Food Action Network (SBCFAN) to improve food systems and provide better access to food, especially for Santa Barbara County’s low- and middle-income residents. The work SBCFAN does today will secure a healthier, sustainable, and more food-secure Santa Barbara County (and beyond) for generations to come.”

Jackie Carrera
Santa Barbara Foundation

“By learning from each other and working together, Veggie Rescue and other Santa Barbara County charitable feeding nonprofits are able to contribute to the long-term health of our community by increasing access to fresh, local produce. I’m grateful for the role SBCFAN plays in facilitating these conversations and partnerships that are changing how we approach our work, bringing us together to envision a greater and lasting impact, and providing the framework to move us forward in achieving that vision.”

Diana O'Connell
Executive Director, Veggie Rescue

“Local food has an important role to play in responding to the immense challenges our food systems face – climate change, racism and social injustice, a pandemic of diet-related diseases, and COVID-19. However, we need to work together to design and measure better indicators of success to make sure it’s moving us in the right direction.”

Dr. David Cleveland, Ph.D., M.S.
Research Professor UC Santa Barbara

“Ten years after Dr. Cleveland’s study, our food system is still fragile – wildfires, flooding, and a global pandemic have unmasked further inequities and gaps. Through its membership, SBCFAN is providing a hub for local food system information, access to resources, collaboration, and activation so that together, we can build a more resilient food system that everyone can participate in and benefit from.”

Shakira Miracle
Executive Director, Santa Barbara County Food Action Network

“The videos have been very helpful in the way that people ask about our project and we can easily forward them a visual that explains not only the project but who we are as people and what we believe in when it comes to food pertaining to our project.”

Chuy Valle
Organizer, Somos Semillas Garden Coordinator, El Centro Santa Barbara

We did this with so little – think what we could do with your support.

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The Santa Barbara County Food Action Network connects, aligns, and activates food system changemakers to develop a robust local food economy, a healthy and just community, and a well-stewarded, resilient foodshed. Learn more.


The Lompoc region was first home to the Chumash, who lived in the Valley for nearly 10,000 years before European contact. The origin of Lompoc’s name (pronounced lom-poke) derives from the Chumash village place name, with various meanings such as lakes and lagoons. In 1888, the City of Lompoc was incorporated and established as a farming community and has since had a rich agricultural history. Read more

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Dare 2 Dream Farms
Providing food access and closing the food system loop through Community Supported Agriculture.
Lompoc High School Agriculture Program
Training students for the bounty of career opportunities in the Santa Barbara County food system – and beyond.
Route One Mobile Farmers Market
Providing equitable access to produce, addressing nutrition security, and strengthening local food distribution in North Santa Barbara County.
Savie Health
Ensuring equitable access to health care for food system workers and creating strong communities.
Sassafras Food Truck and Lompoc Community Food Hub
The Community Food Access Center will strengthen the regional food system by creating new markets for farmers, ranchers, and fisherfolk and increasing access for food business owners and Lompoc Residents.
California Plowshares
Leveraging a cooperative model to increase access to quality farming equipment, support local grain production, and provide opportunities to share knowledge and expertise.
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