CalCAN’s success is dependent on our strong, collaborative coalition.
We rely on a diverse network of growers, agriculture professionals, researchers, agricultural and environmental advocates and other stakeholders who serve as advisors, spokespeople and models to inform and advance our policy work.
Core to our work are our our seven coalition members and two Advisory Councils, one comprised of farmers and ranchers and the other made up of some of the state’s leading researchers and agricultural professionals working on climate change and agriculture.
“Working with CalCAN has been a career highlight for me — this is why I got into the field, and you have offered me a wonderful opportunity to actually help out with all of the exciting and VERY effective work that you do.” -Valerie Eviner, Associate Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis
Dave Henson, Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC)
OAEC is a nonprofit organizing and education center and organic farm in Northern California’s Sonoma County. OAEC seeks to address the challenges of creating democratic communities that are ecologically, economically and culturally sustainable in an increasingly privatized and corporatized economy and culture.
Dave Runsten, Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF)
CAFF is a non-profit organization that advocates for California’s family farmers and sustainable agriculture. CAFF strives to build a movement of rural and urban people to foster family-scale agriculture that cares for the land, sustains local economies and promotes social justice.
Andy Fisher, Ecological Farming Association
EcoFarm nurture healthy, just, and ecologically sustainable farms, food systems, and communities by bringing people together for education, alliance building, advocacy, and celebration.
Jane Sooby, California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF)
CCOF promotes and supports organic food and agriculture through a premier organic certification program, trade support, producer and consumer education and political advocacy.
Jo Ann Baumgartner, Wild Farm Alliance (WFA)
Wild Farm Alliance promotes a healthy, viable agriculture that helps to protect and restore wild nature, and helps farms thrive by working with nature, and supporting farmers’ critical role in reversing biodiversity loss and climate change.
Rebecca Spector, Center for Food Safety (CFS)
CFS is a non-profit public interest and environmental advocacy membership organization established for the purpose of curtailing industrial agricultural production methods that harm human health and the environment, and promoting sustainable alternatives.
Reggie Knox, California FarmLink
California FarmLink connects independent farmers and ranchers to the land and financing they need for a sustainable future.
Farmer Advisory Council
Al Courschesne, Frog Hollow Farm
Contra Costa County, stone fruits
Craig McNamara, Sierra Orchards
Yolo County, organic walnuts
David Gates, Ridge Vineyards
Santa Cruz, Sonoma and Napa County, wine grapes
George Davis, Porter Creek Vineyard
Sonoma County, wine grapes
Greg Rawlings, Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo
Santa Cruz and Monterey County, row crops
Helen McGrath, Flying M Ranch/Ditch Ranch
Ventura County- avocados, citrus, row crops
Jon-Mark Chappellet, Clos Du Val Winery
Napa County, wine grapes
Judith Redmond, Full Belly Farm
Yolo County, organic row crops, nuts, fruit
Jutta Thoerner, Manzanita Manor
San Luis Obispo, walnuts, wine
Rich Collins, Collins Farm
Solano County, mixed fruits
Rosie and Ward Burroughs, Burroughs Family Farm
Stanislaus County, organic dairy, artisan cheese
Russ Lester, Dixon Ridge Farms
Yolo County, organic walnuts
Steven Cardoza, Cardoza & Cardoza Farming Co.
Fresno County, organic raisin grapes
Science & Technical Advisory Council
Amélie Gaudin, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis
Ann Thrupp, Down to Earth Innovations
Cynthia Daley, Professor and Director of the Organic Dairy Program/University Farm, College of Agriculture, Chico State University
Hunter Francis, Director, CAFES Center for Sustainability, California Polytechnic State University
Jeff Creque, Director of Rangeland and Agroecosystem Management, Carbon Cycle Institute
Kristen Murphy, Project Manager, California Association of Resource Conservation Districts
Karen Heisler, Founder, Mission Pie
Kate Scow, Professor of Soil Science and Microbial Ecology, Department of Land Air and Water Resources & Director of Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility, UC Davis
Kerri Steenwerth, USDA Agricultural Research Service
Rex Dufour, Regional Office Director, National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT)
Ruth Dahlquist-Willard, Small Farms Advisor, Cooperative Extension Fresno County
Stefanie Kortman, Agriculture Greenhouse Gas Research Projects Coordinator, California State University, Monterey Bay
Sonja Brodt, Academic Coordinator, Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, UC Davis
Stephen Wheeler, Professor, Department of Human Ecology, UC Davis
Tapan Pathak, Specialist in Climate Adaptation in Agriculture, UC Merced
Timothy Bowles, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management, UC Berkeley
Valerie Eviner, Associate Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis
Wendell Gilgert, Working Lands Program Director, Point Blue Conservation Science
Wendy Millet, Ranch Director, TomKat Ranch and Educational Foundation