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Rethinking Food Distribution

Overcoming Barriers to Grow and Sell Produce for Emergency Food Distribution

  • Diane Dempster; Jillian Moore & Jeremy Vrablik, Cascadia Produce; Vicky Navarro & Fia Taito, Lend a Hand Community Outreach; Kamal Sidhu, Sidhu Farms
  • Panel discussion between Cascadia Produce, a wholesale produce company providing emergency food through federal, state, and food bank level programs, Sidhu Farms, a BIPOC farm that sold berries included in emergency food boxes during summer 2021, and Lend a Hand Community Outreach, a non-profit distributor of emergency food to the public. Selling produce into emergency food programs is a new avenue for farms to transition from small market sales to bulk sales which go directly to people in need who otherwise don’t get vibrant, local items on their dinner table. Learn what you need to know about this emerging market and how you can position your crops for inclusion.

Feeding the Deserts

  • Shellie-Ann Kerns, Bunkhouse Acres
  • Like Bunkhouse Acres, many of Washington’s farms are located in food deserts, and sometimes their closest neighbors do not have access to that food. They used a sliding scale and donation model for their first CSA offering to ensure the lowest income people in their immediate vicinity could benefit. Farmer Shellie-Ann Kerns believes that this is a replicable way of ensuring fair wages for farmers while making healthy food more accessible to the people who need it most.

Three Critical Concepts for Launching a Mobile Farmers Market

  • Anika Moran, Tacoma Farmers Market
  • Farmers markets work for many farmers and consumers but are unsustainable and inaccessible for others. Mobile markets offer a unique opportunity for farmers to participate in the local economy without resource-intensive investments while getting their products to communities lacking an affordable source of fresh and local food. In this session you will learn three key components of launching a successful mobile market. Take steps toward determining whether a mobile market is an appropriate and sustainable solution to market access and food insecurity for your community and identify community assets that will support this work. You will hear successes, failures, and adaptations from Tacoma Farmers Market’s Fresh Express Mobile Market and leave prepared with strategies to help you address challenges to equitable access to local food.
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