Agriculture in the Central Valley produces 57% of California’s agricultural products. While it is the Valley’s economic base, it also provides healthy and nutritious food for the state, the nation and the world. In addition, agriculture also provides open space, a rural way of life, flood control, ground recharge and habitat for a large variety of wildlife.
GVC’s Agricultural Programs are focused in the following areas:
Energy Careers Experience Program (ECEP) — Formerly Agricultural Energy Efficiency (AgEE)
The Energy Careers Experience Program (ECEP) is a Strategic Energy Resource offered through a partnership between Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the Great Valley Center (GVC). The goal of the Program is to educate and provide technical assistance to local farmers on energy efficient solutions that may help to reduce energy costs, improve sustainable practices, and build capacity within Central Valley communities.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture funded the Great Valley Center to create a Multi-Commodity Sustainability Practices Program that brought together specialty crop commodity groups in a collaborative effort to develop a sustainable practices program strategic plan.
Regional Food Systems
The California Department of Food and Agriculture funded the Great Valley Center to lead an effort to increase the amount of locally grown and identified agricultural products making their way into the City of San Francisco.