Food System Workshop
In May 2018, BCFC hosted a workshop, Identifying Opportunities to Strengthen Our Regional Supply Chain, with acclaimed food-systems analyst Ken Meter of Crossroads Resource Center. More than 40 local and regional farmers, ranchers, stakeholders, community leaders, and impact investors attended the one-day session, where they collaborated to identify potential solutions to increase access to community food. Outcomes from the workshop will inform the development of a Food System Strategic Plan spearheaded by Local Food Alliance.
Farm to early care & education
In October 2017, BCFC brought on a one-year AmeriCorps service member to develop edible education programs for Blaine County youth. In her AmeriCorps service member role, BCFC founding member and integrative nutritionist Jamie Truppi focused on Farm to Preschool - a vital time when youth are shaping their food preferences. Her monthly food education lessons at the Big Wood School in Ketchum, based on her Nectar & Pollen curriculum, involved nutrition lessons, taste tests and parent education.
In August 2018, University of Idaho Extension, in partnership with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW), received a Maternal and Child Health Services Title Block Grant to develop and implement a pilot program of Farm to Early Childcare Education (Farm to ECE) in up to 10 preschools throughout South Central Idaho. Truppi collaborated with University of Idaho Extension Educator and BCFC Director Lauren Golden to draft the grant proposal. The pilot program involves creating and working with up to 10 regional childcare providers to implement an Idaho Farm to Preschool tool-kit with hands-on activities, lessons, and locally sourced snacks. Following the one-year pilot program, the team will work with other Idaho Public Health Districts to implement and integrate Farm to Preschool curriculum into childcare centers across the state.
The Sage School Food Panel
In January and February 2018, Blaine County Food Council members participated on a panel to inform and provide feedback on food system projects developed by 10th and 11th grade students at The Sage School in Hailey.
Farmers Market Survey
In 2017, BCFC conducted a survey at the Wood River Farmers' Market in Hailey and online to get consumer feedback on ways to strengthen the Hailey market and draw more customers.
School Food Action Group
Gathering community members, parents, and students to advocate for improved school food.
Growing Food Policy Summit
In March 2018, BCFC Director Lauren Golden attended Food Tank's Growing Food Policy Summit at Seattle University in Washington. The event featured more than three dozen different speakers. policymakers, business people, researchers, farmers, chefs, government officials, and students for interactive panels on policy innovation and entrepreneurship in the food system.