Matters in Sonoma County is working with local farms and school
food service to create efficient and convenient means for schools
to purchase directly from local farms. The Community Alliance with
Family Farmers' is spearheading the creation of a network that will
balance the needs of both food service and farmers to create a mutually
beneficial ordering and delivery system.
goal is to increase the consumption of healthy, locally produced
food, while fostering more direct purchases between regional farms,
local businesses and institutions. This program is currently focusing
on Farm to School efforts but will broaden over time to include
links with local colleges, restaurants, hospitals, corporate cafeterias,
caterers and other food related institutions.
The Farm-to-School Committee is working to increase the amount
of fresh local produce served by school cafeterias and promote awareness
of the nutritional benefits of increased consumption of fresh fruits
and vegetables. An essential goal of this committee is to encourage
the development of healthy eating habits at a young age. The committee
meets monthly and includes representatives from school food service,
Sonoma County Health Department, The Community Alliance with Family
Farmers', Slow Food, individual farms, and other organizations interested
in improving school food and promoting local farming.