North Coast Region:
Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendicino, Lake, Napa, Sonoma, & Marin County
Erin Derden-Little, Nutrition Programs and Services, Humboldt County Office of Education, firstname.lastname@example.org
April Cunningham, Food Systems Project Coordinator, North Coast Opportunities, email@example.com
The Humboldt County Office of Education (HCOE) promotes quality educational services to all students by providing leadership, support, assistance and coordination to the 32 school districts within the County. HCOE’s Nutrition Programs and Services focuses on providing nutrition education and supporting districts in improving school meals. This includes a Harvest of the Month Program that features local produce and is sent out to over 250 teachers, after school programs, preschools, and playgroups. The HCOE’s Nutrition Team also provides resources, trainings and one-on one support to for Humboldt County school food service, coordinates multi-district procurement of local beef and other products, and is always looking for new ways to make local purchasing easier within the rural region. HCOE regularly collaborates with Del Norte County on Farm to School projects.
North Coast Opportunities has worked with communities to reinvent the local food system since 2001, generating increased food production and greater demand for local fruits and vegetables. Through two CDFA Specialty Crop Block Grants, the agency has provided trainings, equipment, and resources for food service staff in eight school districts in Lake and Mendocino Counties to increase their utilization of fresh local produce and prepare more recipes from scratch. NCO also runs the Mendo Lake Food Hub which sources and distributes produce from farmers in the two counties to schools, restaurants and grocery stores. The NCO Gardens Project has been supporting school and community gardens since 2007 and works to empower garden leaders to teach children and adults the value of growing their own food and creating a sustainable food system.
Farm to School Resources in the Region
HCOE Nutrition Programs and Services Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HCOEnutrition/
NCO Farm to School Facebook page:
NCO Mendo Lake Food hub Facebook page:
NCO Gardens Project Facebook page:
How to Get Involved
The North Coast Region of the CA Farm to School Network would love to hear from you! If you want to be informed of regional gatherings or other events, email Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local Food Initiatives in the Region
- 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/
- Community Food Council for Del Norte and Adjacent Tribal Lands
- Humboldt Food Policy Council
- Marin Food Policy Council
- Mendocino Food Policy Council
- Napa County Local Food Advisory Council
- Sonoma County Food Systems Alliance
- Harvest of the Month program for Sonoma County schools
- FEED Sonoma