FARM TO MARKET
The Farm to Market Program (F2M) promotes the sourcing and consumption of regionally-produced and sustainably grown foods. The program represents small-scale producers within 100-miles of North Lake Tahoe to ensure they get a fair price and to share their story with the end consumer. A regional marketplace increases the distribution outlets for small producers and literally creates a “hub” for farms and markets to sell and buy local food. It brings this good food into the places where people are most often eating and buying food like restaurants, grocery stores, schools and hospitals. Learn who is buying from the Tahoe Food Hub by visiting our BUYERS page.
- Farm to School (F2S) is an initiative of the F2M program. F2S is focused on bringing more local, farm fresh fruits and vegetables into school meals. The objectives of F2S include partnering with Harvest of the Month on the produce they need for their instructional lessons, working with the School Food Service Director on identifying crops that can be grown for school meals, and developing a Farm to School fund so local businesses and individuals can financially contribute to buying local food, which can be more expensive than commodity and conventionally grown food.
- Healthy Food Access Program is another initiative of the F2M program and ensures equal access to the good food that the food hub is sourcing working in conjunction with community partners like our local hunger relief agency, Project Mana and the Family Resource Center of Truckee and North Tahoe. It will help to further increase food security and promote healthy eating choices among low-income individuals. Tahoe Food Hub donates food from the geodesic greenhouse it manages in Truckee providing over 300lbs of produce since 2012. In 2014, Tahoe Food Hub hopes to divert 5% of the food it aggregates for donation to Project Mana.
What is a foodshed?
A foodshed is often compared to a watershed because they usually share the same footprint….food grows where water flows! A watershed represents where a community gets its water. Likewise, a foodshed represents where a community gets its food. For non-food producing regions like Lake Tahoe, a foodshed creates partnerships with food abundant neighbors who grow food year-round within 100-150 miles.
Just like we have environmental groups to protect our rivers, mitigate climate change and preserve delicate ecosystems, food hubs are like REGIONAL FOODSHED COUNCILS. They secure food resources, promote sustainable agriculture, encourage biodiversity in an agroecosytem, create access to local food, build equity into the food system, and protect the lifestyle and culture of local farming communities. As a non-profit, a food hub educates its consumer base on the environmental, economic and social health benefits of a regional food system.