As chairwoman of Davis Farm to School, I wish to publicly thank Whole Foods for the outstanding gift it provided us on Wednesday, Dec. 5. Not only did the new Davis store provide our group with 5 percent of its gross proceeds for the day, but offered us opportunities to chat with customers as they exited, and explain this newly established partnership.
Whole Foods’ business practices support the three goals of Davis Farm to School — good nutrition, recycling and supporting gardening. Whole Foods has given our nonprofit a funding boost to assist us in taking our successful programs for future expansion. Whole Foods approached our foundation upon locating in Davis.
The Davis Farmers Market Foundation is changing its name to Yolo Farm to Fork, having recently received approval from the California secretary of state to rename our foundation. Davis Farm to School is one of the committee groups that exists under Yolo Farm to Fork. Davis Farm to School is going countywide in 2013 at the invitation of John Young, our Yolo County agricultural commissioner.
Davis Farm to School has been a strong movement in the schools since 1999, starting with the garden programs advocated by Delaine Eastin, who currently sits on our Yolo Farm to Fork Foundation board. She recognized the connection of students growing food in the gardens.
Whole Foods provides many local and seasonal offerings in its store to support our messaging to students. Taking the agricultural program a step further, the elementary schools are now piloting the “ALL Compost” and working with Davis Waste Removal replicating the city model at school sites. Whole Foods also composts food waste at its site here in Davis.
Because of businesses like Whole Foods and its belief in our students to impact change, it is helping our foundation create a sustainable foundation for the future in all of our goal areas.
Chair, Davis Farm to School