Initiatives and Collaborative Work

Great Communities Collaborative
Healthy Food for All
Oakley Settlement – Protecting Farmland

Great Communities Collaborative

The Great Communities Collaborative (GCC) is a group of organizations dedicated to ensuring that the San Francisco Bay Area is made up of healthy, thriving neighborhoods that are affordable to all and linked to regional opportunities by a premier transit network. The GCC connects local residents with the tools and resources they need to influence decision making, forge diverse partnerships to craft lasting strategies and harness the means to help move visions to reality. Read more.

Healthy Food for All

Healthy Food for All (HFA) is a three-year initiative funded by The San Francisco Foundation, Convergence Partnership, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and American Farmland Trust. The goal of HFA is to expand healthy food access in the Bayview and Excelsior neighborhoods in San Francisco through community leadership development, activating public land for food cultivation, implementing food policy directives and leveraging public-private partnerships. HFA aims to improve food access, encourage economic opportunity and serve as a replicable model. Read more.

Oakley Settlement – Protecting Farmland

In June 2011, The Greenbelt Alliance, City of Oakley and The San Francisco Foundation completed an agreement to set up a fund that would support the permanent protection of farmland. The agreement was based on a settlement that was reached in the Contra Costa Superior Court requiring the City of Oakley, landowners, and developers to compensate the surrounding environment when developing on prime farmland. At issue in the case were 828 acres of prime farmland of statewide importance in the City of Oakley. The landowners aim to convert the farmland and other acreage in the area of the East Cypress Corridor Specific Plan into over 3,000 housing units. As the houses are constructed over the next several years in Oakley, it is expected that the fund will generate approximately $7 million to acquire and preserve farmland.