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Pacific Star Gardens, Yolo County

Meet Robert Ramming, the owner of Pacific Star Gardens, a small farm in Yolo County, at the upcoming  Farms & Schools Marketplace Exchange. November 12th, Wednesday, 2pm-4pm, reception follows. Norton Hall, 70 Cottonwood St. Woodland 95695. He’s been selling fresh … Continue reading

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Capay Organic Wants to Join You for Lunch

Capay Organic’s Thaddeus Barsotti and other farmers will meet school food service directors representing over 200,000 school students at the November 12 Farms &  Schools Marketplace Exchange in Yolo County’s Woodland, CA. Reserve your place today at this free workshop. … Continue reading

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And More School Food Service Leaders Coming to Speed Date

Vince Caguin,  Coordinator of Nutrition Service & Warehouse, Natomas Unified School District, posing here next to his very spiffy ‘food service truck’ will be coming to the Farms & Schools Marketplace Exchange with several of his staff on November 12th. They, … Continue reading

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Look Who’s Going to go Speed Dating with Farmers!

Stacie Velasquez, Esparto Unifed School District Cafeteria Supervisor, perhaps, at 23, the youngest in the state will be joining 20 or more other school food service directors in a speed dating session with regional farmers at the Farms & School … Continue reading

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The big meet farmers moment…is coming

What’s going on? Farm to School is on the move, but not really happening as much as some school food service directors would like. Join Dominic Machi, Director, Nutrition Services at Davis Joint Unified School District, and other key leaders … Continue reading

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CA Specialty Crops: A Guide to Their Use in School Lunch

California Specialty Crops – think tomatoes, cabbage, pears, celery, lettuce – in short, just about every fruit, vegetable and nut you can imagine – are featured here in a new guidebook to using them in school lunch. California is the … Continue reading

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Chef Dominic Machi, Director of DJUSD Student Nutrition Services in Top 10 in National Contest

DJUSD’s Dominic Machi, recently featured here on Who’s Cooking School Lunch, places in top 10 of national school recipe contest. Sept 21, 2014 Chef Dominic Machi, Director of DJUSD Student Nutrition Services, has embraced the opportunity to source more seasonal … Continue reading

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Back to School with Chef Arturo – an Asset for Davis

ARTURO TOPETE, FOOD PREP II Davis Joint Unified School District, Davis, CA Origin: Nayarit, Mexico When he moved to Davis, now nearly 24 years ago, he worked at the local Pluto’s, which has an extensive array of salad components from … Continue reading

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Davis’ Dominic Machi cooks from scratch for flavor and a better bottom line

Dominic Machi, Director of Student Nutrition Services, Davis Joint Unified School District, Davis, CA Davis, a university town of 65,000 in the Sacramento Valley, is ahead of the school lunch curve — it passed the first in the nation parcel … Continue reading

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Looking for work?

We don’t usually post job announcements — but this one is too good to pass up, and, we’re getting a lot of college students reading the blog now who are very interested in farm to school and making a difference … Continue reading

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