Local Food at Luther College

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Presentation at the Fall FFI Conference, Oct 19, 2010.

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Local Food at Luther College

  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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