Our vision is to “Build 25” regenerative organic agriculture (ROA) farms in Silicon Valley. With ROA farms at the center of ecovillages in Santa Clara County, surrounded by native grasslands and oak woodlands, we have created a model for urban land use that will solve our global climate crisis and provide food security and sovereignty for all our residents. We believe that Santa Clara County leadership can affect a global change in current agriculture practices.
Globally, Santa Clara County recognizes the urgent need to transition from an unsustainable chemically dependent farming model to an ecologically driven one that utilizes natural processes to sustain human populations while protecting ecosystems services. In simple terms, Regenerative Organic Agriculture allows nature to do the heavy lifting and delivers abundant, healthy food while restoring nature.
By combining efforts with local stakeholder groups, Santa Clara County can affect a global change in current agriculture practices. We can build 25 regenerative organic farms that will serve as world model training and research centers in Santa Clara County by 2024.
This valley can lead in creating a model of innovation that can stabilize world economies by demonstrating that any community, whether rich or poor, can eliminate food insecurity and establish local food sovereignty while training youth, contributing to healthier communities and building new sustainable jobs, locally.
The Middlebrook Center with our ecovillage partners has developed a three-tiered approach to the “BUILD 25” initiative. We are convinced that if humans are to replace our broken food system, the ideal place to begin is Santa Clara County, USA.
1. We have created a Steering Committee model of local stakeholders who, by working together, can reach our goals. Our Steering Committee is represented by the following stakeholders:
- Local government
- Community Organizations
- Urban and Peri-Urban Farmers
- Technical Committee of ROA Specialists
- Middlebrook Center Ecovillage Leaders
- Local Nonprofits