Moreover, he held leadership positions in the Rural Development Leadership Network and the Central Valley Partnership for Citizenship programs. He was noted for his integrity even though his focus on farmworker compensation and working conditions put him at odds with the agricultural industry. He encouraged direct engagement and laid the groundwork for the current organic and sustainable movement in agriculture. He also played principal roles for landmarks like the Davis Food Co-Op and the Farmer's Market in Davis. In 2016, his long history of work in social justice and civil rights earned him the University of California system's Constantine Panunzio Distinguished Emeriti Award.
He was interviewed by his friend and colleague, Jim Grieshop, Emeritus Specialist in Cooperative Extension, Community and Regional Development.Name: Isao Fujimoto
Interviewer: Jim Grieshop
Date Interviewed: 9/29/1999
Date Appointed: 1967
Date Retired: 1994
Departments: Human Ecology, Asian American Studies