North Valley Region

North Valley Region:

Butte, Glenn, Tehama, & Colusa County

Regional Lead:

Sheila McQuaid, Farm to Fork Coordinator, Center for Healthy Communities, smcquaid@csuchico.edu

The Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) is a leader in nutrition education, food security and physical activity programs and policies addressing the needs of diverse populations locally, regionally, and internationally. CHC provides the infrastructure and coordination of shared resources for interdisciplinary student-faculty-staff research and opportunities for civic engagement and service learning in our communities. For more info on: http://www.csuchico.edu/chc/index.shtml

CHC was a member of the California Farm to School Task Force, which became the California Farm to School Network. In addition, CHC was selected to be one of the founding FoodCorps Service Sites in California in 2013.  CHC actively promotes the California Harvest of the Month fresh food and nutrition education curriculum, and works with public schools and libraries in Butte, Glenn, Tehama and Colusa Counties to provide classroom educational materials for teachers and fresh fruit and vegetable “tastings” directly to students.

CHC adds an extra dimension to its produce education through its original Farmer of the Month program. A supplemental piece to CHC’s ongoing Harvest of the Month outreach, Farmer of the Month introduces local or regional family farmers that grow each month’s “harvest” crop. In addition, whenever possible the Center buys the fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts it serves in classrooms directly from farmers, to help support family farms and keep program funds circulating in the community.

Farm to School Resources

We are happy to share our materials! Find CHC’s Farmer of the Month Videos here http://www.csuchico.edu/chc/media-video/farmtofork.shtml

CHC provides free food safety plan assistance for farms seeking GAP Certification. For more information about our Easy GAP program, and/or local procurement questions or support, email Sheila at smcquaid@csuchico.edu.

How to Get Involved

The North Valley Farm to School Network would love to hear from you! For questions or to be added to our regional listserv, email Sheila at smcquaid@csuchico.edu.