The LEAF Initiative brings together experts, advocates, and affected community members to advance strategies and create tools that increase land conservation, promote ecosystem health, ensure agricultural viability, and improve the local food system.
Led by conservation and agriculture partners, and crafted by inclusive teams of community leaders, issue experts, and nonprofit organizations, this report and online mapping tool offer both a strategic overview and practical tactics to connect developers, farmers, community members, government, and conservation practitioners by exploring how thoroughly their interests and values overlap. Learn more about the Santa Barbara County Conservation Blueprint.
Our food system is essential to the public health, economic vitality, and environmental resilience of Santa Barbara County. However, many challenges need to be addressed, including the assurance that everyone has access to sufficient nutritious food that will keep local families healthy and food secure. Fortunately, there are opportunities available to enhance our food system and make it more sustainable and accessible. Learn more about The Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan.
The Santa Barbara Foundation LEAF (Landscapes, Ecosystems, Agriculture, Food Systems) initiative seeks to increase community resiliency by preserving and enhancing the landscapes and systems that sustain nature, human health and our economy. The LEAF strategy includes development of a countywide Food Action Plan and a Conservation Blueprint. In support of the initiative, the foundation is offering grants to help strengthen the local food system, increase agricultural sustainability, and support land conservation, habitat restoration and ecosystem health. This year, funding priority for LEAF Grants will be for Food System projects that align with the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan.
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