With a purpose of securing the future of small and mid-size family farming and food production in Northern California, AIM’s Center for Food and Agriculture will be a world-class farmers market for a healthier food culture. The Center represents the next generation of farmers markets. It will be a dynamic public space to connect people all over the Bay Area to small and mid-size family farmers. The Center will be zero waste, offer hands on learning in sustainable and seasonal cooking and eating, while promoting jobs and volunteer opportunities in food and agriculture. The Center will enhance direct marketing of California-grown agricultural while demonstrating the critical connections between healthy soils and healthy foods to reverse the climate crisis.
After receiving $2 million from the State of California’s General Fund (thanks to advocacy on behalf of Assembly Member Marc Levine!), AIM has hired April Philips Design Works and team to lead the Master Planning, Conceptual Design and Feasibility of the Farmers Market/Center for Food and Agriculture project at the Marin Civic Center. In partnership with the County of Marin, we have held a series of focus groups and stakeholder workshops to translate our desired program goals into space requirements in a potential building and on the 4-acre site referred to as the Christmas Tree Lot.
With AIM’s Board of Directors, we are meeting individually and in small groups with supporters to share the updated vision and elements of our Project. Please contact our CEO, Andy Naja-Riese, [email protected] if you are interested in an update.
Join us on December 4’s Food, Farms, & Art Opening Night Reception for a sneak peak of some of the new elements of the Center for Food and Agriculture!