Sierra Harvest’s mission is to educate, inspire, and connect Nevada County families to fresh, local, seasonal food.
We accomplish this by; offering farm to school programming, supporting farm fresh school meals, mentoring aspiring farmers and gardeners, celebrating our local food community and advocating for policies that support just, sustainable food systems.
Why is this important?
- In 2010 in Nevada County, 7.3% of children and 51.4% of adults were considered overweight or obese. Even more alarming, one third of our households were considered “food insecure”, struggling to put food on their tables.
- Research shows that kids perform better at school when they are not hungry, and when they are eating a healthy diet that includes fresh fruits, vegetables, and grains.
- Schools are a key setting for health strategies to lower and prevent obesity because children spend 35% of their time in a school setting, and some children consume 50% of their daily calories at school.
I recently caught up with Sierra Harvest’s Co-Directors, Aimee Retzler and Malaika Bishop, in the NEW office space that we share with the BriarPatch Community Kitchen at 648 Zion Street in Nevada City. Why did you decide to start/join this organization? Aimee: I joined in October 2008, when the health department asked me to chair […]