California Statewide Organizing

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From the short course "Organizing Farm to School Statewide: Collaboration Models for Program, Policy, and Success of Scale" at the Farm to Cafeteria Conference. Thursday, March 13, 2009. Portland, OR.

Contact Moira Beery at beery@oxy.edu for more information.

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  • California Statewide Organizing

    1. 2. CA Farm to School Early History <ul><li>Farm to school began in CA 1997 </li></ul><ul><li>2002, Kellogg grant initiated formal collaboration between F2S programs statewide. </li></ul><ul><li>Participants were F2S advocates, researchers, and school food service </li></ul>
    2. 3. California Farm to School Taskforce <ul><li>2004, Began convening the California Farm to School Taskforce with added participation from CA Dept of Education, CA Dept of Health, and CA Dept of Food & Agriculture, plus F2S advocates, ag representatives, and school representatives </li></ul><ul><li>Group was started as a way to influence state agencies to support farm to school, but the differing viewpoints of members made that difficult to achieve. </li></ul><ul><li>Group decided to focus on education and promotion of farm to school in CA </li></ul>
    3. 4. California Farm to School Taskforce <ul><li>2008, Developed and launched www.cafarmtoschool.org. Decided to work on policy after the victories in neighboring states. </li></ul><ul><li>Taskforce groups decided to focus on policy, food service support. May consider organizing by region. </li></ul>
    4. 5. California Farm to School Strengths <ul><li>Long history of F2s implementation and collaboration in California </li></ul><ul><li>Many programs being implemented in the state from which to learn </li></ul><ul><li>Financial support from CA Dept of Public Health </li></ul><ul><li>Farm to school messaging is now being integrated into diverse groups and coalitions throughout the state. </li></ul>
    5. 6. California Farm to School Strengths <ul><li>Farm to school coordinators throughout the state </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Davis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fresno </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Humboldt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Los Angeles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oakland </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sacramento </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>San Diego </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>San Francisco </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ventura </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Watsonville </li></ul></ul>
    6. 7. California Farm to School Barriers <ul><li>Large size & population of state makes effective collaboration difficult </li></ul><ul><li>Powerful ag lobbies in CA limit support for smaller local agriculture </li></ul><ul><li>Differing definitions of farm to school we initially a barrier for Taskforce members. </li></ul><ul><li>Need a dedicated leader with more time devoted to moving the group forward. </li></ul>
    7. 8. For More Information Moira Beery Center for Food & Justice (323) 341-5099 | [email_address] www.cafarmtoschool.org

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