How CHIP Helps Local Farms Sell to Institutions: The Story of Eden Tropics

By Elizabeth Vaughan, CHIP Food Systems Coordinator This is a story about the success of an up-and-coming Southern California farm in selling their fresh, local, and sustainable produce to schools, and CHIP’s efforts to get them on the path to success. CHIP has spent years working 1-on-1 with farms across Southern California to build the … More How CHIP Helps Local Farms Sell to Institutions: The Story of Eden Tropics

Summer Outreach to San Diego County Growers & 2015 Crop Availability Chart

By Colin Cureton, CHIP Food Systems Director This summer, CHIP’s food systems team reached out to hundreds of San Diego County farmers as part of its broader work to build the institutional market for healthy, fresh, local produce. The goal of this engagement was multi-faceted and included market research to create CHIP’s 2015 Crop Availability … More Summer Outreach to San Diego County Growers & 2015 Crop Availability Chart

Farm to School visioning at Vista and Sweetwater

By Colin Cureton, CHIP Food Systems Director In July of 2015, CHIP facilitated farm-to-school visioning sessions at Vista Unified School District (VUSD) and Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD). The goal of these sessions was to invite stakeholders from across the district and community into the planning process and ask, “What do you want farm-to-school … More Farm to School visioning at Vista and Sweetwater

CHIP’s Brew Rendezvous: A food, farm and craft beer pairing event

By Elizabeth Vaughan, CHIP Food Systems Coordinator Community Health Improvement Partners held their 3rd Annual Brew Rendezvous on May 17, 2015 at SILO in Makers Quarter.  Brew Rendezvous celebrates the unique role of local growers, craft brewers and restaurateurs in cultivating community and health. While attendees got plenty face-to-face interaction with participating restaurants and breweries, … More CHIP’s Brew Rendezvous: A food, farm and craft beer pairing event

CHIP Brings USDA Procurement Training to San Diego County

By Elizabeth Vaughan, CHIP Food Systems Coordinator You’ve probably heard about school food in the news.   But what you don’t hear much about is the complicated bid process and procurement regulations districts navigate in order to get healthy, fresh meals into the cafeteria everyday. CHIP is supporting Child Nutrition Services staff in school districts across … More CHIP Brings USDA Procurement Training to San Diego County