Food Advocacy

Sierra Harvest engages in local regional and national policies that support just, sustainable food systems. We are members of the California Food Policy Council, the Nevada County Food Policy Council, and the California Farm to School Network.

The CalFresh Program

Sierra Harvest promotes the CalFresh Program, which offers financial assistance to low-income families who may not otherwise be able to afford fresh, local food or the seeds and starts to grow them.  Find out more.

The Nevada County Food Policy Council

The Council fosters collaboration among local food and farming individuals, businesses and organizations, to set common goals and work together to maximize positive impacts on the food environment, human health and livelihoods in the Nevada County.  Sierra Harvest helps facilitate the development and organization of this Council, and has been instrumental in it’s creation of a Nevada County Food System Assessment.  The Council is currently working on mapping out the “ideal” food system for our community, and using a systems approach to setting the goals to get there.  Would you like to get involved? Contact us.

CA Food Policy CouncilThe California Food Policy Council

The California Food Policy Council (CAFPC) is made up of nearly 1,000 community based and statewide organizations, covering 80% of the geographical area of California, who are all working for healthy, equitable and sustainable food systems. CAFPC tracks and reports on how senators and assembly people vote on food related bills that affect regional food systems, healthy food access and farm workers’ rights. Sierra Harvest participates in the CAFPC to obtain and exchange information about farm/food related initiatives, legislative activities, and similar matters.

National Farm to School Network

Sierra Harvest also participates in the National Farm to School Network where the sharing of knowledge and successes is supporting a shift to healthier, more nutritious and delicious school meals everywhere.

School Wellness Policies

Sierra Harvest is working in collaboration with the Nevada County Department of Public Health to help local schools support, implement, and assess federally mandated Wellness Policies.