City of Sacramento Resolution

Recognizing Sacramento as America’s Farm to Fork Capital

WHEREAS, Sacramento is the capital of California, which is the sixth largest economy in the world and the largest agricultural producer in the nation; and

WHEREAS, the Sacramento region includes the six counties of El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba, and nearly 70 percent of these lands are agricultural, forest, or other open spaces; and

WHEREAS, the region serves as a breadbasket to the region, the state, the nation, and the world and contains 7,000 to 8,000 acres of boutique farms, and has nearly 400 Agritoursim enterprises; and

WHEREAS, the region has than 50 farmers markets, many of them year-round fixtures; and the abundance of farms and ranches fuels a vibrant farm-to-table restaurant community throughout the region; and

WHEREAS, in 2008, Sacramento was ranked the third greenest economy in the United States, due to its farmers markets and LEED certified buildings per capita; Sacramento boasts an array of agricultural and education projects that promote and support urban agriculture, sustainable food systems and healthy food education; and

WHEREAS, local nonprofits, restaurateurs, farmers, ranchers and artisans have worked to make Sacramento a leading sustainable food community and a leader in the green restaurant industry through composting, recycling, and conserving water; and

WHEREAS, Sacramento area residents, community leaders, farmers, and restaurants are committed to promoting sustainable practices, preserving agricultural land, supporting our family farmers and the businesses who buy their products; and

WHEREAS, no major city in America is more centrally located amid such a vast range of high-quality farms, ranches and vineyards.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Mayor and Council of the City of Sacramento, that we do hereby recognize the city of Sacramento as America’s Farm to Fork Capital.

ISSUED: This 31st Day of October 2012