Announcing the formation of the CFSN Steering Committee!

We are excited to announce that our Steering Committee has been formed! 

farmer peeling orangeWe have a total of twenty members who represent stakeholders from all over California and from many different communities. With representation from the urban to the rural, from school gardens to foodservice, from farmers to policymakers and everyone in between, we’ve put together an amazing team of leaders to help guide the California Farm to School Network as we continue to organize and align Farm to School efforts across the state.

Thanks again to our funders, the California Department of Agriculture and Network for a Healthy California, for their generous support in this work.

Below are our great steering committee members–we’ll add this to our About page for future reference as well!

Steering Committee Roster

Name Title Organization Expertise/Representation
Adam Kesselman Rethinking School Lunch Program Manager Center for Ecoliteracy Foodservice system design, California Thursdays, Bay Area, Statewide
Alexandra (Alex) Emmott Farm to School Supervisor Oakland Unified School District School food policy, Bay Area
Bob Knight Farmer Old Grove Orange Farming, Greater LA region
Christa Essig National Procurement Initiative Manager School Food FOCUS Protein procurement, national/statewide
Deborah (Deb) Beall Nutrition Education Consultant CA Department of Education Professional development/support of SFAs, statewide
Elysia Fong Farm to Fork Coordinator CA Department of Food and Agriculture Distribution/procurement, statewide
Emilie Gioia Director of Programs Edible Schoolyard Project School gardens, edible education, statewide
Erin Derden-Little Regional Food Systems Coordinator Community Alliance with Family Farmers Rural food systems, North Coast region
Gail Feenstra Deputy Director, Food Systems Coordinator Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP), UC Davis Evaluation, regional distribution, statewide, academia
JoAnn Lo  Executive Director Food Chain Workers Alliance Non-profit / Food justice
John Fisher Director of Partnerships and Programs Life Lab School gardens, Central Coast region, statewide
Kacie O’Brien Farm to School Regional Lead, Western Region USDA Food and Nutrition Service Federal government
Katharina (Kathy) Streng Harvest of the Month/Farm to Fork Manager Public Health Institute Harvest of the Month, statewide
Kevin Hesser Teacher, Co-founder Calaveras Unified School District, Gardens to Grow In, Mother Lode F2S Network School gardens, rural food systems, Mother Lode region
Miguel Villarreal Director of Nutrition Services Novato Unified School District Nutrition and Wellness, Bay Area
Paula Olson Vice President, Marketing Western Growers Foundation Industry, school gardens, statewide
Rodney Taylor Director of Nutrition Services Riverside Unified School District Foodservice, Greater LA region
Rosa Romero Urban and Environmental Policy Institute Farm to Preschool
Sandra (Sandy) Curwood Director of Nutrition Services Conejo Valley Unified School District Foodservice, local procurement, USDA regs, South Central Coast region
Sarah Nolan Farmer Join the Farm, Abundant Table Farming, South Central Coast region
Shannan Young Project Manager Dairy Council of CA Industry, nutrition education, statewide
Stephanie Etcheverria Program Coordinator California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom Statewide
Vanessa Carter School Garden Program Director Occidental Arts and Ecology Center School gardens, North Coast region

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