Creating a vibrant local food economy that reaches each Del Norte and Tribal Lands resident daily.”

Building Healthy Communities’ Food Initiative focuses on food insecurity, local food economy and food culture shift.

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Food Insecurity

  • Conducted empathy interviews to better understand the experience of food insecurity in Del Norte.
  • Opened a the Pacific Pantry good store at the Family Resource Center of the Redwoods in Crescent City.
  • Large expansion of Seamless Summer meal program at Del Norte schools.
  • Established food forests and community gardens throughout Del Norte and Tribal Lands.
  • Home Gardens installation program created in partnership with Open Door Community Health Center.
  • Support for Del Norte school gardens through an annual mini-grant program.
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Economic Development

  • Secured grant funding for Crescent City Farmers Market and Downtown Farmers Market to participate in the statewide Market Match program.
  • Secured USDA Local Food Promotion Program grant funding for Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation to explore agriculture enterprise options.
  • Established a “Go Local” campaign to promote local food producers.
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Food Culture Shift

  • Hosted more than 50 cooking/gardening DIY classes and workshops hosted throughout Del Norte and Tribal Lands.
  • Hosted a two-day NorCal convening of the California Food Policy Council.
  • Hosted a Community Garden Conference with Open Door.
  • Host annual “Food Days” to celebrate Del Norte’s local food producers.
  • Helped the Harvest of the Month program gain long-term funding support.
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