Who decides what food systems and farming look like in a community? Who has the right to make decisions about where food comes from or how it is grown? Communities or corporations and state regulatory agencies?
We are working with residents in Nevada City and Grass Valley, CA who have become increasingly concerned about the issue of food sovereignty including the right to access locally grown, organic food and to share items like vegetables, sustainably raised meat, and raw milk with their neighbors.
This past spring, shortly after a community-wide screening of the film Farmageddon , Community Rights Program Director, Shannon Biggs, was invited to speak at a community meeting held in Nevada City around the question 'who decides what we eat, grow, and sell in our community'?
The meeting was organized by the group, Local Food Freedom Nevada County , and was attended by a diverse group of over two hundred members of the Nevada City / Grass Valley community including farmers, doctors, lawyers and tea partiers. Aside from Shannon, other speakers included California farmer Patti Chelseth whose farm was raided by the CDFA  for sharing milk from her two cows; and local health care practioner Dale Jacobsen.
Since then, residents in both communities have been engaged in an energizing discussion around the issue of the local right to food sovereignty in Nevada County and potential next steps in moving forward with a campaign to adopt a rights-based ordinance that would assert the community's right to grow, eat, and share locally farmed, organic food without intervention from state and federal regulatory agencies.
If you live in the Nevada County area and would like to learn more about the issue of food sovereignty and the organizing work that has been done by residents in the area please visit their website. 
Further resources on food sovereignty and community rights
Watch the trailor for the film Farmageddon:
- Learn about the raid on Rawesome Foods  in Venice, CA in 2011.
- Read this article: Owning Pigs in Michigan a Felony in Michigan?