Naturally Mendocino Interviews Susan Lightfoot

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Farm2Fork is a new initiative of North Coast Opportunities/Community Action aiming to ramp up institutional purchasing of local food in Mendocino County. Jaynene&Frida Sauce Cory  

Launched at the beginning of February, Farm2Fork is coordinated by Susan Lightfoot, who will be facilitating connections between local farmers and the schools, hospitals, restaurants and stores that purchase significant volumes of fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the year. Funded by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), this 2-year Specialty Crops Grant aims to increase the capacity of both local farmers and Food Service professionals to get fresh, healthy food from the field to the plate. 

While the grant focuses primarily on creating Farm to School partnerships across the county, providing resources for training and equipment for schools to meet this goal, Farm2Fork will also work with restauranteurs, chefs, and produce managers who are interested in offering more locally-produced food on their menus and shelves.  By capturing the significant purchasing power of these community partners, we will infuse the local food economy with dollars grown and raised right here in Mendocino County, ensure food security for our community, and improve the quality of food served to children, patients, customers and ourselves.
Susan is eager to connect with interested community members, farmers, food purchasers, chefs and distributors across the county to identify opportunities, trouble-shoot challenges, and synergize efforts towards a thriving local food system in Mendocino County.  For more information, please contact her at (707)467-3238 or email


Tell your Senators and Representative to Co-Sponsor the GE food labeling bill!


       In the U.S., we pride ourselves on having choices and making informed decisions.  Under current FDA policy, we don’t have that choice when it comes to genetically engineered (GE) ingredients in the foods we purchase and feed our families.  But thanks to your tireless support, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) will introduce new Federal legislation next week that would require the labeling of all genetically engineered (GE) foods; the first labeling bill to be introduced in the Senate in over a decade!

fda-approved-gmo-salmon       Without mandatory labeling of GE foods, consumers are being left in the dark about the foods we are purchasing and feeding our families.  Sixty-four countries have mandatory labeling policies for GE foods including South Korea, Japan, the United Kingdom, Brazil, China, South Africa, Australia, the the European Union, and many others.  The U.S. is one of the only developed countries in the world that doesn’t require labeling.  Yet there is overwhelming public demand—consistently near 95%—for the labeling of GE foods.  Already in 2013, 53 GE labeling bills have been introduced in 26 states, including Hawaii, Washington, Indiana, Missouri, and Vermont, with more expected by year’s end.



Earth Day Events Calendar

April 17th

Early Bird Walks

Where: Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

When: 8:30 AM, Third Wednesday of the month.

Price: Free with admission to Botanical Gardens

For more information:


April 20th

Noyo Food Forest Learning Garden “Pre – Earth Day ” clan-up activities

Where: 300 Dana Street, Fort Bragg

When: 9AM –Noon

Price: Free

For more information:


April 20th

Standish-Hickey SRA Campground Cleanup

Where: Highway 101, 1.5 miles north of Leggett, CA

When: 9 AM- 2PM Advance registration is required.

For more information or to sign up: ~

Phone: 213-542-2450 Phoebe Oelheim


April 27th

Earth Day at MacKerricher State Park and Glass Beach

Where: Glass Beach, West end of Elm Street, Fort Bragg CA

When: All Day, Meet at the west end of Elm Street in Fort Bragg. Trash bags will be provided.

Price: Free

For more information: Fred Andrews at 961-0471.


April 27th

Noyo Food Forest Learning Garden 7th Annual Earth Day activities

Where: 300 Dana Street, Fort Bragg

When: Noon-5 PM

Price: Free

For more information:

Volunteer at a GARDEN WORK PARTY between April 20th – April 26th. Choose a date and location that works for you then contact the coordinator for that garden to RSVP!

April 20th- 9am to 2pm: South Valley High School Garden– 429 S Dora St., Ukiah. Work to be done includeds installing irrigation, weeding and transplanting. Volunteers should bring gloves and hand tools. Contact coordinator Deb Hughes at 707-472-5164 or

April 20th- 8am to 1pm: Grow the Good Food Garden at Fort Bragg Middle School- 500 N Harold St., Fort Bragg. Work to be done includes digging trenches, putting down weed block. Volunteers should bring gloves and a hat. Contact coordinator Petra Shulte at 707-961-3693 or

April 21st- 10am to 2pm: Orchard Apartments Garden– corner of Sidnie and Ford St., Ukiah. Work to be done includes weeding. Volunteers should bring shovels, metal rakes and wheel barrows. Contact coordinator Laura Alexander at 707-463-2238 or

April 21st- 10am to 2pm: Anderson Valley High School Garden-18200 Mountain View Rd., Boonville. Work to be done includes moving compost. Volunteers should bring water to drink. Contact coordinator  Charlene Rowland at 707-498-3230 or

April 22nd 9am to 1pm: Yokayo Elementary School Garden- 790 S. Dora St., Ukiah. Work to be done includes installing irrigation and path work. Volunteers should bring gloves, a weed eater, mcleods. Contact coordinator Amy Jirout at 707-391-2046 or

April 23rd 11am to 1pm: Calpella School Garden– 151 Moore St., Calpella. Work to be done includes rebuilding the shed door and fixing the irrigation system. Volunteers should bring gloves. Contact coordinator Julio Pardini at 463-2238

April 24th 10am to 3pm: Grace Hudson Elementary School Garden- 251 Jefferson Ln., Ukiah. Work to be done includes weeding, spreading wood chips, planting. Volunteers should bring gloves, water to drink, trowels. Contact coordinator Rachel at 707-272-3721 or

April 26th 2:30pm to 6:30pm: Willits Charter Elementary School Garden- 1431 S. Main St., Willits. Work to be done includes weeding, trimming trees. Volunteers should bring shovels, rakes, pruners, hand trowels, pick axes. Contact corrdinator Gwyn Ware at 707-357-5558 or


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