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this month's CONTRIBUTORS DANIEL Daniel is a freelance writer, film BARNES critic, copywriter, craft beer enthu- “Land of Libations,” siast and host of the Dare Daniel pg. 34 nesses to connect and grow with them. These urban farms can be a critical carbon sink and have been prioritized in the newly released California 2020 Natural and Working Lands Climate Implementation Plan. They provide local markets and food access to people who haven’t had it in generations. Lo- cal businesses support these projects by bringing employees out for volunteer days and buying produce they then donate to food banks. These farms provide opportunities for people of all ages to learn about where their food comes from and how it’s grown. So, what is holding you back from unleashing this economic and community building engine? Whether you’re a landowner, developer, city or regional planner, or elected official, I challenge you to do what you can to promote urban farming. You can tear down the fences surrounding vacant lots. Create citywide poli- cies that encourage and even incentivize urban agriculture, and perhaps even more importantly, incentivize institutions like hospitals and schools to purchase locally grown food. Prioritize updating zoning policies that restrict or constrict urban farm- ing. Seek out your local and regional beginning farmer training programs and ask them to join you. Stop saying, we can’t do that here, and instead take action to include urban agriculture in your city planning. podcast. His work has appeared in the Sacramento Bee, Sacramento News & Review, East Bay Express and many other publications. “I went to school at Cordova High and I still have family living in Rancho Cordo- va, so it was interesting to see how craft breweries and distilleries are helping to define a city that never had much of an identity," he says of his story in this month's issue. "The formation of The Barrel District is another sign of the collabora- tive spirit that permeates the craft beverage industry.” MIKE GRAFF A native Northern Californian, "Procrastination Mike has been capturing interest- Rehab," pg. 38 ing angles for two decades, many of which have been featured by Com- stock's. He shot the cover image for this month's issue. His specialties encompass architecture, creative portraits and larger productions. "Photography allows me to narrate stories without ever speaking a word. By changing focal points, I am able to entice people with intriguing glimpses into a space, leaving them with a desire to travel the space in person for a deeper understand- ing; or widen the view to portray a broader scene of light and emotion that inflicts a concept of real life.” He is a traveler at heart. For more information, visit mikegraff.co. TOREY VAN OOT Torey is a writer focused on politics “Dial In, Link Up,” and the intersection of gender and pg. 60 Mary Kimball is executive director of the Center for Land-Based Learning. Raised on a Yolo County farm, she has worked in agricultural education and policy for over 20 years. She started as CLBL’s first em- ployee in 1998, and led its growth from one youth education program in the Sacramento region to today’s portfolio that spans 27 California counties. Mary holds a bachelor’s degree from UC Davis in Agriculture Science and Management and a master's degree in Human and Com- munity Development from the Ohio State University. power, who is now based in Minne- apolis. Her work has been published by The Daily Beast, Glamour.com, Re- finery29 and The Washington Post. “While reporting my feature on LinkedIn, I realized my own profile could probably use a bit of an up- date,” she says of her story in this month’s issue. Read more of Torey’s work at www.toreyvanoot.com or on Twitter @ToreyVanOot. February February 2019 2019 | comstocksmag.com | comstocksmag.com 17