In 2012 leaders of Fresno’s business, academic and social balance communities embraced the Food Commons vision and invited the Food Commons to adopt Fresno as our first prototype site. ¬†We are working with individuals and organizations in Fresno to design and build a “fractal” of the Food Commons system here as a proof of concept and as an engine for economic development, job creation, and healthy food access in a region characterized by the paradox of great wealth and agricultural resources existing side by side with entrenched poverty, food insecurity, and diet-related chronic disease. ¬†Following completion of the initial feasibility study and business plan we expect to launch the first Food Commons Trust in Fresno this year and the first phase of Food Commons business operations by 2015.