Audience: Food Service/Chef

LEE Initiative

To maintain these relationships, and to create the foundation for a more resilient restaurant industry, the LEE Initiative provided stipends to local farms in 20 regions across the U.S. to ensure continued food production for restaurants. These farmers were then given a list of selected independent restaurants that could purchase farm products on credit provided by the program. This allowed restaurants to lower ingredient costs while still acquiring local products, providing high-quality food to…

WSU Bread Lab

Regional small grain value chains link local farmers, regional mills, and artisan bakers to consumers looking to support local food systems. Through the rise in popularity of artisan baking and craft brewing, the sector has enjoyed significant growth in the past decade. Identifying as ‘non-commodity’, these value chains prioritize diversified and regionalized markets, high quality grains, long term relationships between stakeholders, fair pricing, and skilled labor. The result is fresh, stone-milled specialty grain products…

James Beard Foundation

Understanding food supply chains can be daunting even in the best of times, and even more so during a pandemic. For this webinar, Andrew Greene, chef Adrian Lipscombe, and A-dae Romero-Briones will use their experience in support services and work with farmers and chefs to shed some light on how COVID-19 has impacted how our food gets from the field to the kitchen….

James Beard Foundation

Despite challenges like shuttered farmers’ markets and restaurants, a shortage of meat processors, and the scramble to move sales online, food producers selling into local and regional markets have demonstrated real resilience during COVID-19. In this panel, we’ll explore how the pandemic has affected regional food systems in different areas around the country and what that means for the future….

Center for Environmental Farming Systems

NC Farm to Early Care and Education, a Center for Environmental Farming Systems initiative, works with Sonflower Seeds Christian Preschool and Learning Center LLC and other early childhood facilities to purchase local food and provide children with experiential learning around local food. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Sonflower Seeds, in Silk Hope, North Carolina, continued caring for children of paramedics, police and other essential workers. Thanks to years of partnership building with local farmers, the…
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