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Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative
Fall Conference, October 2010
Presenters:
Teresa Wiemerslage, ISU Extension
Jon Jensen, Luther College
Wayne Tudor, Sodexo
Johnice Cross, Coordinato...
Jon Jensen
Director of Environmental Studies
Decision to use Sodexo
• June 2009
• Impact on local producers
• Producer meetings
• wayne.tudor@sodexo.com
Ryan Jepsen
www.grassrunfarm.com
Johnice Cross, Coordinator
www.grownlocally.com
GROWN Locally's Story
Aggregate product from 17 farms
Initial assessment with EcoSure
Improvement Needed
Pest Control
...
Best Practices & Recommendations
Work with other growers to spread risk and cost
Liability Insurance
Annual audit costs...
Challenges for Sodexo
Local food costs more
Provides budget challenges for sustainability goals
Scaling up supply takes...
Impact of Approval for Producers
 Increased sales to Luther College
 Luther reports 20% local food purchases in Sept 201...
Local Food at Luther College
Local Food at Luther College
Local Food at Luther College
Local Food at Luther College
Local Food at Luther College
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  1. 1. Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative Fall Conference, October 2010
  2. 2. Presenters: Teresa Wiemerslage, ISU Extension Jon Jensen, Luther College Wayne Tudor, Sodexo Johnice Cross, Coordinator, GROWN Locally Ryan Jepsen, Grass Run Farm
  3. 3. Jon Jensen Director of Environmental Studies
  4. 4. Decision to use Sodexo • June 2009 • Impact on local producers • Producer meetings • wayne.tudor@sodexo.com
  5. 5. Ryan Jepsen www.grassrunfarm.com
  6. 6. Johnice Cross, Coordinator www.grownlocally.com
  7. 7. GROWN Locally's Story Aggregate product from 17 farms Initial assessment with EcoSure Improvement Needed Pest Control Approved ceiling Truck
  8. 8. Best Practices & Recommendations Work with other growers to spread risk and cost Liability Insurance Annual audit costs Distribution efficiencies Product volume Develop a Farm Safety Plan Work with payment terms. 30-60 days is too long. Remember the system we are working in Focus on your priorities and keep your vision up front Open Discussion
  9. 9. Challenges for Sodexo Local food costs more Provides budget challenges for sustainability goals Scaling up supply takes time Changed cooking methods to accommodate local food No canned fruits/vegetables 10% frozen Will source fresh foods from distributor in off season Chicken fried steak Make own marinara and pizza sauce Requires more labor and more training
  10. 10. Impact of Approval for Producers  Increased sales to Luther College  Luther reports 20% local food purchases in Sept 2010  Increased number of broker producers  Looking for more egg producers  Increased calls from other Sodexo accounts  Increased calls from purveyors and produce houses  Looking at distribution efficiencies Since then:  Most GROWN Locally growers have become USDA GAP certified.  They have implemented an internal audit system.
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