San Diego Region

San Diego






San Diego Region:

San Diego & Orange County

Regional Lead:

Elizabeth Vaughan, Food Systems Manager, Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP),

CHIP’s Food Systems Department works to grow the good food movement in San Diego County through three main strategies: 1) Farm-to-Institution, 2) Food Justice, and 3) Data, Research, and Evaluation. CHIP’s work as the San Diego Regional Lead for CFSN falls squarely within its farm-to-institution work in the region. CHIP convenes the San Diego County Farm to School Taskforce, which is a dynamic group of school districts, produce distributors, local farms, and community partners who have grown the farm-to-school movement in San Diego County since its inception in 2010. CHIP leverages its strong relationships with school districts and actors along the supply chain to conduct market research on the demand for local food by institutions, the availability of local food from local growers, and to foster the market in which these buyers and sellers interact. The organization’s biggest annual event is the Let’s Go Local! Produce Showcase, which brings together institutional food buyers, growers and sellers of local food, and good food advocates to develop face-to-face business relationships and community partnerships.

Farm to School Resources

State of Farm to School in San Diego – a report on a survey of Farm to School growers and buyers in the region, and an excellent model for other regions to follow

CHIP’s 2017 Grower Engagement Research Brief & San Diego County Crop Availability Chart

Overview of the San Diego County Farm to School Taskforce

2-page Farm to School Profiles for all 42 San Diego County School Districts

CHIP Food Systems Blog

How to Get Involved

Visit the SD Farm to School Taskforce website to sign up for the newsletter and contact list for the Taskforce. Also, contact Elizabeth Vaughan at or (858) 609-7978. 

Stay up to date on CHIP’s recent activities and upcoming events by visiting the CHIP Food Systems Blog at

Local Food Initiatives in the region

North San Diego Food Policy Council

Orange County Food Access Coalition

San Diego Food System Alliance