North Coast Food Service Director Farm to School Workshop

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North Coast Food Service Director Farm to School Workshop

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2024 - Thursday, Jul 18, 2024
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Registration Link
USDA AMS Local Food Promotion Program Grant & Rumiano Cheese.

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North Coast Food Service Director Farm to School Workshop Itinerary and Agenda

July 16th-18th, 2024

Registration opens June 7th

$215 early bird registration closes June 24th

$265 general registration closes July 9th

Meals, travel, and overnight accommodations at attendee’s expense unless otherwise clarified

Basecamp for out-of-town guests Victorian Inn Ferndale

DAY 1 – Welcome & Ferndale Agricultural Tours (Optional Programming – no additional cost)                                                                                                                                Tuesday July 16 Ferndale Area – agricultural tours

12:00pm – 12:30pm Welcome and Introductions (Victorian Inn) Light snacks (provided)

12:30pm – 5:00pm Tours of technologically advanced dairy facilities with the Farm Bureau, Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance, and Cattle Council (shuttle service provided)

•12:30pm – 1:30pm Coppini Family Dairy Farm, rotary milking parlor
•1:45pm – 2:45pm Brodt Family Dairy Farm, robotic milking parlor
•3:00pm – 3:30pm Jersey Scoops for afternoon snack, local micro creamery
•3:30pm – 4:00pm Stop at Eel River Valley vista point at Bear River Rancheria (Farm Bureau)
•4:15pm – 5:00pm Humboldt Auction Yard (Cattle Council)

  • 5:00pm – 5:15pm Return to Victorian Inn
  • 6:00pm – 7:30pm Dinner at Victorian Inn


DAY 2 – Culinary and Training Workshops                                                                          Wednesday July 17 Ferndale Area – Hands-on Training and Education Session

  • 8:30am – 9:15am Breakfast at Victorian Inn (shuttle to Ferndale High School)
  • 9:30am – 12:00pm Alice Waters Institute demonstration and recipe development Ferndale High School                                                                                                                                    •Intro to local, organic, regenerative procurement: the why and the how
    •Hands-on culinary workshop
    •Includes scaled, nutritionally compliant recipes featuring Rumiano dairy products and local, seasonal produce
  • 12:30pm – 1:30pm: Lunch (enjoy school lunch menu that the teams prepared)
    •Review of in-cafeteria educational materials and posters
  • 1:30pm – 2:30pm: Local purchasing panel – Alice Waters Institute: Yael Cypers Kotick; North Coast Growers Association: Megan Kenney; Rumiano Cheese: LaKeasha Brown
  • 2:30pm – 3:30pm: Technical Service Guidance for New Nutrition Standards – Humbolt County Office of Education: Roxanne Mellick and California Beef Council: Kori Dover
  • 3:30pm – 4:00pm Funding opportunities and ideation session – California Department of Food and Agriculture Farm to School: Pamela Lee
    •Review of state and national funding opportunities
    •Current project sharing time future project ideation development
  • 4:15pm – 8:00pm Food Service Director and Farmer Gathering at Barn by Fernbridge
  • 5:15pm – 6:15pm Social hour
  • 6:15pm – 8:00pm Dinner (provided) (shuttle service provided back to Ferndale starting at 7:00pm)


DAY 3 – Tour Crescent City Rumiano Cheese Plant (Optional Programing – no additional cost)
Thursday July 18 Crescent City – Cheese Factory Tour

  • 7:30am – Breakfast at Papa Joe’s
  • 8:30am – Load shuttles to Crescent City
  • 8:45am – 10:45am Travel to Rumiano
  • 10:45am Arrival to Rumiano Cheese plant
  • 11:00am – 12:30pm Tour with Joby Rumiano
  • 12:30pm Shuttle to SeaQuake Brewing
  • 12:40pm Lunch at SeaQuake Brewing
  • 1:45pm Return to Ferndale
  • 3:45pm Arrive back in Ferndale


Depart home or stay for further exploration!

Program Coordinated by Rumiano Cheese Company 2023 USDA AMS LFPP Grant