S.D. Local Foods Coalition ~ March 2022 Update

The S.D. Local Foods Coalition is made up of producers, consumers, and partners working to promote resilient, equitable local food systems, and food sovereignty for all.  They meet bi-monthly via Zoom, with the next meeting scheduled for May 17th at 2 PM Central/1 PM Mountain. 

The meeting held on March 15, 2022, recapped the four subcommittees- food security & sovereignty, state & federal programming, farm to school, and statewide local foods branding.  All were invited to attend the Local Foods Conference planning meetings, which are held on the first Wednesday of the month via zoom.  

In new business, leadership positions were selected with Eowyn Corral (DRA) and Kristine Lang (SDSU Extension) co-charing, Rachel Saum as the communications position, and Laura Kahler (SDSPA) as the membership & outreach position. 

Discussion on the structure of the Coalition continued, reinstating the idea of six meetings per year with the subcommittees meeting in the alternating months.  The annual January meeting will ideally be held in person if able. 

Planning & discussion was also held on membership, operational structure, and grant opportunities, with these topics to continue to be a part of the next meeting. 

The Farm to School subcommittee encourage districts to apply for a mini-grant through the Department of Ag & Natural Resources. Encourage your district to apply for a mini-grant through the Department of Ag & Natural Resources.  More details, and ideas of how you can help your school, for these $5,000 grants can be found at their website, as well as by watching the webinar recording.

If interested in serving on this subcommittee contact SDSPA.  If you want more information on how to work with a school to serve your produce and/or meat, watch for a producer training that this committee will be putting on this winter.

To be added to the email list for the Local Foods Coalition, please indicate your interest during your SDSPA membership enrollment, or email SDSPA. Check out the groups activities on Facebook.