S.D. Local Foods Coalition Sept. 2021 Update

The South Dakota Local Foods Coalition (SDLFC) met virtually on Sept. 21, 2021.  Sixteen individuals from over ten different South Dakotan agencies, as well as individual producers gathered to share ideas to promote local foods in South Dakota.

Theresa Hoadley, FSA Program Specialist, presented on the coronavirus food assistance program which is available to a wide range of producers. Click here for more information.

Kari O’Neil, SDSU Extension, shared that the SDLFC was invited to participate in Michigan State University’s learning community of states developing local food systems.  Three SDLFC members, Kathleen Rykhus, Sophia Hoss & Rhoda Burrows have volunteered to represent our coalition in this program.

Members were asked to complete letters of commitment prior to our next meeting. This letter of commitment assures that each agency is aware of what the SDLFC goals and member expectations are.  Additionally, the SDLFC is working to finalize a logo at our next meeting. 

Members then worked with one of four subgroups areas. 

  • Food Security and Sovereignty, and Decentralization of the Food Economy Workgroup: Discussed the many aspects of their topic, including farmers markets, food waste, self-care of those producing food. 
  • Connecting to Federal and State Programs Workgroup: Discussed ways to increase SNAP and Double Up Dakota Bucks to purchase local foods. 
  • The Farm to School Workgroup: Discussed a need to identify and engage stakeholders for Farm to School in South Dakota. 
  • Branding Workgroup: Discussed how we can help producers get connected to the great training and resources available to them through the coalition partners.  

Subgroups intend to meet once before the November SDLFC meeting.

If these topics are of interest to you, we encourage you to attend the next SDLFC Meeting on Nov. 16, 2-3:30 pm Central, and to participate in an informal conversation during the Local Foods Conference on Sat., Nov. 6, at 11:30 am.