Updates & Helpful Tips

Updates & Helpful Tips

10 Local Actions to Support Food Justice

We are living in a watershed moment where movements to dismantle systemic racism are gaining traction nationwide, and Nevada County is a part of this story. As a local food advocacy organization, it is our responsibility to recognize the many structural inequities throughout our food system and promote community solutions for food production and availability. For over a decade, Sierra Harvest has worked towards equitable access to nutritious, local, fresh food and we are committed to examining and undoing our own biases as we continue these efforts in our community. Our staff and board have committed to participate in a comprehensive food justice training this fall to help identify concrete actions we can take to better address systemic inequities within our organization and service area.

We invite you to join us in this work.

When looking at agriculture as a whole in this country within the lens of racial justice, there is certainly work to do, and it can be hard to know what concrete actions we can take to make a positive change. Like climate change, thinking about personal actions in the face of huge issues can be daunting and it can be hard to know where to start. Here are some ways to get started.

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Resources for Creating Food Justice

Soul Fire Farm: Soul Fire Farm is a Black, Indigenous, People of Color centered community farm committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system. Their website has the most comprehensive resources for bringing justice to our food system, including Uprooting Racism Training, which Sierra Harvest staff and board will be participating in this year. 

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Collaboration & Leadership Among Local Schools will Assess New Scratch-Cooked School Meal Program!

“We have the opportunity to transform our student meal program to provide high-quality, nutritional meals using locally-grown food and substantially reducing waste,” says Scott W. Lay, Nevada County Superintendent of Schools.  Thanks to the leadership and commitment of Mr. Lay and all nine school districts in Western Nevada County, they are moving forward towards a more sustainable food service model that features local and regional foods and reduces waste. These efforts will provide a way for all children, from Pre-K to grade 12, to eat well and fully engage in the enriching opportunities within their school communities. Continue reading “Collaboration & Leadership Among Local Schools will Assess New Scratch-Cooked School Meal Program!”

July Harvest of the Month – Corn!

Mid-summer brings the deliciousness of fresh corn! In addition to being tasty, corn is a great source of thiamin (vitamin B1), which the body uses to produce energy in cells. Corn is also a source of fiber for healthy digestion, manganese for healthy bones, and vitamin C which boosts your immune system. Eat corn in moderation because although it can be considered a vegetable, it contains more starch and sugar than other vegetables. 

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Zucchini Delights with Shana from Three Forks Baking & Brewing Co.

June’s Harvest of the Month is zucchini! Have you seen them yet at the Farmers Market?  “I always get excited when the first summer squash arrive,” says co-owner and baker Shana Maziarz of Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co.  “Nothing else tastes like squash.  It’s fun to work with, it’s not fussy like a lot of the spring vegetables – just throw it in some oil and grill it and it tastes great.” Continue reading “Zucchini Delights with Shana from Three Forks Baking & Brewing Co.”