In February 2002, Food Matters in Sonoma County hosted a Farm
to School Forum. A broad cross section of members of health
services, education, farming, government, non-profit and the community
attended. This half day workshop, with excellent speakers and breakout
sessions, provided an opportunity to create awareness in our community
about the importance of supporting local agriculture and feeding
our kids healthy locally produced food.
a result of the forum, four subcommittees met monthly, and later
evolved into two distinct committees: farmer committee – focusing
on distribution, and the farm to school committee – working
with school food service directors to create connections with farmers
and educate kids and parents about healthy eating for kids.
The Farm to School Forum
was a catalyst for all that has come since, including food service
directors buying direct from farmers, back to school nights showcasing
fresh healthy food, meetings on creating school food policy, educating
kids about their food source by visiting local farms and farmers
markets. It has linked us with other regional communities, sharing
information and resources and supporting each other in our work
to bring about lasting positive change in our communities.