Central Coast Region

Central Coast

Regional Lead: Tim Galarneau, Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS), tgalarne@ucsc.edu

About Tim and CASFS

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Tim works as a specialist on social issues for the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) focusing on farm to institution, community food systems, and student education and engagement.  He actively facilitates regional, statewide, and national partnership efforts to advance a more just and sustainable food system. Tim chairs the advisory board for Real Food Generations, which oversees the national Real Food Challenge initiative and serves as the Central Coast Lead for the CA Farm to School Network and School Food Alliance. In addition, Tim Co-chairs the systemwide University of California Sustainable Food Service Working Group as well as a Student Food Security and Access Committee as part of the UC President’s Global Food Initiative.

Upcoming events

The Central Coast will be hosting a regional gathering on May 23, 2016 at the UCSC campus (Hay Barn) in Santa Cruz, CA.  Register here.

Key publications and resources published

  • Competitive Food Rule Hand Outs–here are a few handouts to promote efforts to address the Smart Snacks in School Rule
  • Healthy Restaurant Pledge Effort around Santa Cruz County School Districts –high school youth and partners are gathering pledges from food businesses around five districts high schools in Santa Cruz County.   School Food Alliance project efforts–link to a recent briefing as well as an overview of some projects going on in the Central Coast
  • School Food Alliance on Facebook–join the FB page and stay tuned for updates and info on farm to school!
  • Healthy School Environment Resources–check out videos, hand outs, and other materials from 2009 through 2014 that were established for 40 statewide trainings that served over 2,000 Food Service Directors, Garden Educators, and farm to school professionals. Project Partners included the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems, Community Alliance with Family Farmers, CA Department of Education Nutrition Services, the Resource Conservation District of San Diego County, UC Davis Agriculture Sustainability Institute, and more!

How to get involved

Please feel free to reach out to Tim if you’d like to share and promote an F2S event, connect with projects in the region, or have a resource to share to support farm to school efforts in the Central Coast. You can email Tim at tgalarne@ucsc.edu or call 831-359-8861.

Local food initiatives in the region

Coming soon!