Farm to Cafeteria has gone the distance in the last decade, with the number of farm to school programs exploding – from a handful of programs in the late 1990’s to over 2,000 today. HEAL-SLO sent 2 local Food Service Directors to the conference this year in Portland!Local purchasing efforts in colleges, hospitals, and senior and daycare centers are also growing rapidly.
HEAL SLO sent Nova Cassidy, Director of Food Service for San Miguel Joint Unified School District, and Judy Stephens, Director of Food Services for Lucia Mar Unified School District. The Central Coast Ag Network sent Kim Pasciuto (Chair of the Farm to School Committee of CCAN), Sandra Dimond, North County Farmers Market Director, and Rod Blackner, Director of Food Service for Paso Robles Public Schools and the Paso Robles Culinary Academy.
Information about the conference itself can be found at http://farmtocafeteriaconference.com
All three food service directors attended multiple workshops and field trips. They had the chance to meet other food service directors who are already engaged in farm to cafeteria programs and could learn strategies to integrate farm to school programs in their local districts.