2016 Showcase in Review: Initial Business Results

By Catherine Cochran, Food Systems Intern Between enjoying live entertainment from a tap-dancing fiddler and getting to sample locally-landed ceviche, attendees of the 2016 Good Food Showcase agreed that the event was a major success! On December 2nd over 250 people attended the event at Coastal Roots Farm to show their dedication to preserving and … More 2016 Showcase in Review: Initial Business Results

Business Results from the 2015 Let’s Go Local! Produce Showcase

By Elizabeth Vaughan, Food Systems Coordinator From Legoland to local hospitals, good food purchasing has increased as a result of the 2015 Let’s Go Local! Produce Showcase.   Attendees from the annual Showcase event were surveyed six months later to identify new business deals made as a result of their attendance at the October 23, 2015 … More Business Results from the 2015 Let’s Go Local! Produce Showcase

Sowing Seeds in Spring: Farm-to-School Grows in San Diego County

By Elizabeth Vaughan, Food Systems Coordinator It’s been a productive spring season for CHIP Food Systems’s farm-to-school efforts. From scratch cooking techniques to turning kitchen scraps into school garden compost, the Farm-to-School Taskforce (F2ST) continued to sow seeds over the past several months sure to grow the region’s farm-to-school movement. For March’s F2ST meeting, Sally … More Sowing Seeds in Spring: Farm-to-School Grows in San Diego County

San Diego County New and Young Farmers Needs Assessment Results

A version of this blog post first appeared here on the San Diego Food Systems Alliance’s ‘News’ blog on April 9th, 2016. By Colin Cureton, CHIP Food Systems Director, SDFSA Member San Diego County has more small farms than any other county in the country, over 400 organic farms, and has the 12th largest farm … More San Diego County New and Young Farmers Needs Assessment Results

An Amazing Month of Farm-to-School in San Diego County

By Colin Cureton, CHIP Food Systems Director March has been an amazing month of milestones, memorable moments, and media coverage for farm-to-school in San Diego County! Simply put, we are on a roll! Rather than trying to tell the full story ourselves, included in this post is a quick synopsis of  key events along with … More An Amazing Month of Farm-to-School in San Diego County

Brokering Good Food Deals Across San Diego County

By Elizabeth Vaughan, CHIP Food Systems Coordinator What does that all too loving grandmother and CHIP Food Systems Department have in common? They both love setting people up! This month, in honor of Valentines Day, we are focusing this blog post on CHIP’s efforts to “set up” good food producers and institutional food buyers. CHIP … More Brokering Good Food Deals Across San Diego County

NHLT Supports San Diego County Hospitals to Continue Building a Healthy, Sustainable Food System in 2015

By Elizabeth Vaughan and Colin Cureton, CHIP Food Systems Team California hospitals are leading the way in making healthful, sustainable foods and beverages the norm in healthcare systems across the nation, and much of that work is happening in San Diego County. An important initiative that has served as a platform for collaboration to advance … More NHLT Supports San Diego County Hospitals to Continue Building a Healthy, Sustainable Food System in 2015

Let’s Go Local! Produce Showcase a Success!

By Colin Cureton and Elizabeth Vaughan, CHIP Food Systems Team White canopies draped with burlap cloth, dozens of farmers standing by proud displays of produce, and people in sunhats smiling wide and admiring brightly colored fruits and vegetables; welcome to the third annual Let’s Go Local! Produce Showcase! This year’s Showcase, held on October 23, … More Let’s Go Local! Produce Showcase a Success!

Let’s Go Local! Produce Showcase just over a week away (10/23, 2-5pm in Encinitas)!

By Colin Cureton, CHIP Food Systems Director Just over a week from today, dozens of San Diego County farms, produce distributors, sustainable businesses, and food systems advocates will all be showing up in a field in Encinitas, CA. Why would such an interesting (and busy!) group of people do such a thing? Well, because coming … More Let’s Go Local! Produce Showcase just over a week away (10/23, 2-5pm in Encinitas)!

California Thursdays Expanding in San Diego County

By Colin Cureton, CHIP Food Systems Director The California Thursdays program of the Center for Ecoliteracy is changing the culture and practice of school food. This year, CHIP is partnering with Center for Ecoliteracy expand participation in the program by San Diego County schools districts. This Thursday and Friday (Oct. 8th and 9th) we have been honored … More California Thursdays Expanding in San Diego County