About the Program

From the Ground Up, Impact Hub Berkeley’s four part, year-long program will bring together multi-stakeholder organizations working in sustainable food and agriculture to collaborate on joint initiatives.

The program combines dynamic working groups, public-facing education programs, and community building events with innovative online networks to foster awareness and growth while amplifying the work of leading experts and organizations.

The quarterly themes for 2016 are: Collaborative Trade, Living Oceans, Soil Health / Carbon Farming, and Local Food Systems.

Get Involved

Promotional, programming and sponsorship opportunities are available for mission-aligned partners. For partnerships, contact Michael Anzalone, Programming Director at michael@impacthubberkeley.com. For sponsorships, please contact us here.
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Program Elements

From the Ground Up - Four Elements

Focus Areas

  • January – March: Collaborative Trade
  • April – June: Living Oceans
  • July – September: Healthy Soils / Carbon Farming
  • October – December: Local Food Systems

Curated Cohorts and Participants

  • Lead partner(s) provides topical framing and thought leadership
  • Supporting partners and participants provide voice, expertise, perspective, and supporting resources

Shared strategic initiatives and content

  • Priorities for each theme are defined collaboratively
  • Partners and participants work together with Impact Hub Berkeley to address challenges and develop targeted outcomes

April - June 2016: Living Oceans

Wild Harvest
Living Oceans: All Wrapped Up will explore how the food industry can do its part in the fight against plastic pollution in our oceans.   All Wrapped Up will feature in-depth conversations and interviews with leading experts and influencers in and around the industry including food companies, industrial designers, fishermen, surfers, entrepreneurs, retailers, city manager's, marine biologists, oceanographers. Participants will have an opportunity share their experiences, discuss current challenges, and collectively develop solutions with fellow changemakers. Together we co-design next action steps for change and create a “Plastic-Free” activist tool-kit for concerned citizens.  Best practices explored through a visual and digitally based Lexicon including the following themes and terms:
  • Source Reduction
  • Circular Economy
  • Compostable
  • Plastic Bans
  • Microbead Alternatives
  • Mycelium vs. Styrofoam
  • Agricultural by-products
  • Open Source
  • “Take Back”
  • Plant-based Plastic
  • Biodegradable

Upcoming Events

We will be hosting a series of Innovation Salons and Public Programs for each quarterly theme. Mark the calendar with the following dates.

Innovation Salons

  • April 20: Food Chains
  • May  05: Recycling
  • May  17: Supply Chain Transparency
  • June 02: Plastic-Free Activist Toolkit Innovation and Design
  • June 16: Plastic-Free Activist Toolkit Refinement

Featured Public Programs

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