GROWN Locally's Story
Aggregate product from 17 farms
Initial assessment with EcoSure
Best Practices & Recommendations
Work with other growers to spread risk and cost
Annual audit costs
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
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
Will source fresh foods from distributor in off season
Chicken fried steak
Make own marinara and pizza sauce
Requires more labor and more training
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
Most GROWN Locally growers have become USDA GAP
They have implemented an internal audit system.
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