Support Cal Ag Roots' First Project!


The California Institute for Rural Studies (CIRS) and Project Director Ildi Carlisle-Cummins have teamed up to launch the Cal Ag Roots Project, which aims to put historical roots under current California food and farming change movements by telling the story of California agricultural development in innovative, useful and relevant ways.

Cal Ag Roots is designed to unearth stories about a vitally important segment of California’s culture and economy: food production. 

There is deep knowledge about the structures, driving forces and key moments that have shaped California’s food system among recognized “experts” and those who have participated in the creation of CA farming, but this knowledge doesn’t always inform food movement work. Cal Ag Roots will share stories from this wide range of people, opening new lines of communication among them.

First up, “DOCKS TO DELTA - LIVE!” September 26, 2015

The Docks to Delta project is part live storytelling event and part podcast series that reveals the agricultural history evoked by a landscape travelled by thousands of commuters every day—the one seen through the windows of the Capitol Corridor Amtrak train that runs from Oakland to Sacramento. Docks to Delta will amplify the voices of people who lived through and participated in key moments in California agriculture, highlighting stories that push listeners’ thinking beyond the usual historical narratives and policy debates.  

A very limited number of tickets are still available for “Docks to Delta - LIVE.” If you have been directed to this page to purchase those tickets, by prior arrangement, you may utilize the donation amounts listed here: $55 for one ticket, $110 for 2 tickets. If you are interested in purchasing tickets but have NOT been in contact with Ildi about availability, please contact her first, at

CIRS needs your support to produce this podcast series! And your contribution is so appreciated!

The Docks to Delta podcast series will be launched in October, 2015 -- stay tuned for details! 

For more information about Cal Ag Roots, click here.

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