Happy New Year and Workshop Jan 24 – Getting It Done


Happy New Year to you, and welcome to our newest blog sponsor,California Endive. The year 2014 promises positive changes in our school lunches, if the leaders and talented front line men and women we’ve been meeting and featuring have anything to do with it.

It’s time, don’t you think, to “get it done?” Our firm, Evans & Brennan, is producing “Getting It Done…How Distributors/Aggregators and School Food Service Buyers Serve Up California Specialty Crops.” The workshop, under the auspices of the Yolo County Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School Program, targets theSacramento Farm to Fork Capital Region, but all are welcome, and we’d like to see you there, no matter your region. Workshop will be held at the UC Davis Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, which has a fabulous edible garden, Friday, January 24, 2:30 – 6 PM with reception. Join us there.

Some of the School Food Service Directors we featured this year, such as Diane Deshler of Acalanes Union High School District will be speaking. Jennifer Gerard of Monterey Peninsula Unified School District and Dominic Machi of Davis Joint Unified School District will also be speaking, along with Thaddeus Barsotti, Farmer and Co-CEO, Capay Organic/Farm Fresh to You and Steve del Masso, Vice President, Bay Cities Produce. Read the full AGENDA and register now for limited space. Admission free.

Getting it Done: How Distributors, Aggregators and Food Service Buyers


Serve Up California Specialty Crops


Using Distributors and Aggregators to Serve Up California Specialty Crops in School Lunch


This free workshop for farmers and school food service focuses on building a stronger infrastructure for farm to school sales in Yolo and Sacramento Counties, through an up close look at working private sector models with panelists including:

  • Trini Campbell, Farmer/ Co-Owner Riverdog Farm
  • Jenn Gerard, Director of Nutrition Services, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District
  • Steve del Masso, Vice President, Bay Cities Produce

For more details view the full AGENDA


Who:  School food service professionals,  farmers seeking new markets, and nonprofit groups involved in farm to school
When:  January 24, 2014 2:30 – 6 PM
Where:  UC Davis Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science
RSVP:   nicole.sturzenberger@yolocounty.org


We visited many of your kitchens this past year. We’ll be doing more traveling in 2014, hoping to meet more of you. Please contact us if you’re doing something special you’d like us know about, and look for our next feature on Jenn Gerard’s team at Monterey Peninsula Unified School District. They are buying local and getting it done, which is the title of our upcoming workshop.

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