Procurement enthusiasts, this one’s for you!
Kristy Lyn Levings is the Project Director of Farm to School Yolo housed at the Yolo County Department of Agriculture. She is also part of the farming team at Chowdown Farm raising livestock and retailing at local farmers markets. She is the CAFF Regional Lead for the Sacramento Valley. Please visit their website: www.HarvestHubYolo.com for more information about Yolo County, its products, and its people.
In our last blog post, we explored the nuts and bolts of putting together our ‘Farms & Schools Marketplace Exchange’ and why. This large event brought farmers and school food service together in a ‘speed-dating’ type format where they exchanged profiles and started purchasing relationships. We did extensive follow-up in the weeks afterward to see how those budding relationships may or may not have translated into sales.
Today’s blogpost is another great one from Kristy Levings, Project Director with Harvest Hub Yolo (our Sacramento Valley regional lead!). Read on to learn about their recent Marketplace Exchange event, another example of the matching/”dating” model that’s so effective at bringing buyers and sellers of local food together. Here, it’s applied to Farm to School – Enjoy!
In our Farm to School world, we inevitably hear from school food service that they don’t know where to find farmers. While at the same time we also hear from farmers that they don’t know how to connect with School Food Service buyers. Oy Vey! What are we to do with two groups who seem to want to find each other but can’t?
To us, that sounds like the perfect setup – a setup for a “date!”
Today’s guest post is served up by Kristy Levings, CFSN Regional Lead and Project Director of Farm to School Yolo, which is part of the Yolo County Department of Agriculture. Whether or not you’re near to her exciting Farm to School work in the Sacramento Valley, you’ll love these promising practices for pulling off a great scratch cooking class!
Sometimes, to really make change, you have to roll up your sleeves and get in the kitchen.
Here in Yolo County, we’ve had the unique opportunity to facilitate a CDFA California Specialty Crop Block Grant focused on developing the Farm to School effort and increasing school district procurement of specialty crops grown on local farms.