Regional Leads: Terre Logsdon, North Coast Opportunities, firstname.lastname@example.org and Erin Derden Little, Humboldt County Office of Education, email@example.com
About Terre and North Coast Opportunities
Terre oversees the Farm to School Program in Lake County as a staff member of North Coast Opportunities (NCO), the Community Action Agency for Lake and Mendocino Counties, and is a site supervisor for a FoodCorps Service Member who works in the largest school district in Lake County.
NCO currently operates the MendoLake Food Hub which sources farm products and distributes them throughout Lake and Mendocino Counties, operates the Gardens Project of Lake and Mendocino Counties which builds community gardens and provides training to community members to manage their gardens, as well as many other community-based local food projects.
The North Coast Region will host staff from the California Depart of Education’s Nutrition Services Division for an in-depth discussion on local procurement at the California Farm to School Conference this March.
How to get involved
Farm to School resources in the region
Local food initiatives in the region
Lake County Farm to School Project
- For farm to school and Harvest of the Month information, visit www.ncoinc.org/ programs/farm-to-school-lake-county/ for more information, or facebook.com/NCOFarmtoSchool.
- Information about the Lake County Gardens Project can be found at ncoinc.org/programs/gardens-project/ or www.facebook.com/ncogardensproject/
Del Norte County
- Director of Food Services is a longtime member of the FPC, and does a lot of collaboration. FPC helps fundraise for HOM, broker off-school sites for summer feeding program. FPC is looking to support city/county mobile vending policies to restrict unhealthy mobile vending near school sites (county has no mobile vending policy). Mostly focus on education and school gardening rather than procurement (CAFF office in Humboldt works on procurement issues).
- School garden sells multiple pounds of produce to the school. Working on getting more to do that as a revenue stream to keep the programs going.
- FPC supports school gardens. Will co-sponsor fun run to fund local community foundation, so that people can donate to support all of the community and school gardens, not just one.
- School garden was accidently sprayed with roundup. Pushed zero spray policy near school gardens. (Memo issued to maintenance staff.)
- Resource Conservation District administers community demonstration garden on property owned by school, includes: orchard, area for children to plan seedlings, walking trails, demo irrigation system, and native plants. This year focusing on children activities/elementary student programs that teach kids to grow and taste food out of the garden.
- Garden Director does nutrition education in classrooms: the famous green smoothie demonstration.
- CAFF and Humboldt County Office of Education are strong collaborators. Some success, but there are challenges in getting produce into schools. Small farmers don’t have capacity and consistency to meet school needs. School often don’t have the labor or budget to buy and process local produce. School food service directors are interested and working to improve the quality and amount of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- “Taco Tuesday” many schools in county offered local beef.
- A lot of school garden activity, but none add substantial quantities to school meal programs.
- Developed a very strong policy on Community/School/Household Gardens and Urban Farms that is being presented to 9 Marin Communities for review by Master Gardeners and UC Extension.
- Worked with Dept. of Ag. and Dept. of Env. Health to develop language for “Approved-
Source” code in county. Facilitate Approved-Source trainings. Held 3 rounds of public meetings In 3 locations (9 meetings total) to draft language.
- 2 1/2 year farm-to-fork program. Including countywide trainings for food service directors and connecting farmers with food service directors. Approved-Source trainings.
- Food Service and infrastructure improvements.
- Active programs. Lost funding from Network for a Healthy CA. Had garden in 35 schools. Working to maintain and rebuild those programs.
- Council meeting dedicated to discussing school food procurement: reps from school districts and Sodexo discussed the realities of sourcing local produce. Researched school food procurement policies.
- Partnered with Napa County Farm Bureau to obtain a CDFA specialty crop block grant to implement a Harvest of the Month program in 19 NVUSD schools.
- Subcommittee on school wellness.