Partner with Local Farmers

Virtual gatherings for school nutrition professionals focused on building resilient school food systems in California.

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About this Series

The School Food Innovator Series is a virtual quarterly gathering designed for members of the California Food for California KidsĀ® Network. This series showcases innovation in school food leadership across the state and fosters connections between Network members and offers peer-to-peer learning opportunities.

About this Session

In this session, the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) shared best practices in farm to school procurement. Panelists discussed strategies for building relationships with local farmers, navigating bidding rules and regulations, and sourcing more California-grown fruits and vegetables for students.


  • Cassidy Boardman, Interim Director of Nutrition Services & Farm to School Manager, Upland Unified School District
  • Yousef Buzayan, Farm to Market Senior Manager, CAFF
  • Anna Nakamura Knight, Farmer/Partner, Old Grove Orange
  • Claire Tauber, Farm to School and Institution Coordinator, CAFF
  • Tammy White, Director of Nutrition Services, San Jacinto Unified School District