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