Central coast organic school food summit

What : Conscious Kitchen hosted the Central Coast Organic School Food Summit, a two day convening with stakeholders from multiple food system sectors. We aim to collaborate on expanding access to organic and regeneratively grown food for school meal programs and cultivate an ecosystem rooted in local procurement featuring the bounty of the Central Coast. 

Who: Guests represent multiple food system sectors, including farmers, food service directors, farm-to-table chefs, culinary directors, processors, aggregators, distributors, county, state, and federal agencies, elected officials, and community stakeholders. 

When: Monday Jan 23  Tuesday Jan 24 

Where: Paicines Ranch in the Central Coast: This educational center focuses on climate smart agriculture and is hosting our guests, giving a tour of the ranch, providing delicious scratched cooked organic meals and overnight accommodations

Why: By bringing together stakeholders from across the food system, we are cultivating a strong community that is committed to working through barriers preventing local organic food from reaching the plates of California kids in California school meal programs. This summit is the first step on a journey to design resilient local food systems.

“Organic farmers use natural methods that work with the earth to build healthy people and a healthy planet.”

-The Organic Center


  • To convene decision makers in the California school food system including food service 
  • To explore collaborations, commitments, and contributions for supplying organic food for school meals locally and statewide
  • To support and elevate organic farmers and help eliminate barriers from USDA Foods school programs
  • To build Central Coast values aligned supply chain, both accessible and preferential to schools
  • To serve food that supports the health and wellbeing of our children, workers, lands, communities, and Earth


  • Grow relationships, connect, and build community amongst food system stakeholders for support and collaboration  
  • Understand the organic farm to school supply chain from the perspective of each stakeholder group
  • Depart with at sense of excitement and inspiration for the journey ahead as we improve the quality of school meals in schools in California’s Central Coast region and throughout Northern California.

Summit Attendees

Conscious Kitchen advances climate-smart school food based on five foundational values: fresh, local, organic, seasonal, nutritious. We believe that school-supported agriculture s a powerful tool to address climate change and model climate action to promote human and environmental health.

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