For starters, he plans a new nonprofit produce-handling hub in south Sacramento. Small local farmers could bring their produce to this center. There, it could be combined to create the larger quantities needed for sale to school cafeterias and neighborhood farm stands, or even mainstream distributors looking to serve the booming demand for locally grown food.
It's part of an ambitious vision – backed by a federal grant – to use local food networks to tackle health and nutrition problems, from obesity and diabetes to the lack of access to fresh produce in poor communities.
Click here to learn more about this program.