Meeting Archive:
Tying it All Together and Digging In

Meeting Description:
Join us for a healthy dose of motivation! Deborah Kane, Director of USDA’s Office of Community Food Systems, will hit the highlights by showing how local procurement fits into the larger farm to school picture and share several resources to help you meet your local purchasing goals.
Date: Thu, May 26, 2016
Time: 02:00 PM EDT
Duration: 45 minutes
Host(s): Christina Conell
 Presenter Information
Deborah Kane
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As the Director of USDA’s Office of Community Food Systems, Deborah Kane oversees the Farm to School Grant program and finds creative ways to increase schools’ access to healthy, local foods.

Sarah Smith
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Sarah Smith comes to us from the Center for Rural Affairs in Lyons, NE. She serves as a community organizer with the Center, and the Nebraska Farm to School State Lead with the National Farm to School Network. She leads a wide variety of programs addressing farm to school sourcing and developing capacity in communities for farm to school activities. 

Stephanie Heim
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Stephanie Heim joined Extension in 2010 to provide statewide leadership to Farm to School. Stephanie serves as the Minnesota State Lead for the National Farm to School Network and coordinates Minnesota’s Farm to School Leadership Team. In general, her current work focuses on developing and managing strategic partnerships at the local, state, and national levels related to healthy food access while providing strategic direction and leadership to food networks, especially the Minnesota Food Charter Network. Stephanie earned a Master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health. She is also a registered dietitian.

Shaina Knight
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Shaina has spent the last decade working within and for the food industry. From sales, product demonstration and development, distribution, farm volunteer, catering assistant manager, to business development, and holds a wealth of experience in various markets of the industry. Shaina is active and holds seats with the Colorado Farm to School Task Force, the Douglas County Colorado State University Extension Advisory Council, and is the Vice-Chair of Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Business Development Committee.  When she is not chasing a rogue chicken or her three-year-old son, she is dedicated to working with new food and agriculture businesses in her role as Business Development Specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

Laura Tanase
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Laura Tanase, Nutrition and Wellness Specialist and Farm to School Lead at the Georgia Department of Education, School Nutrition Division.  I have been in this position for 5 ½ years.