Farmers, chefs, bakers, researchers, millers, maltsters…we are all lucky enough to work with whole grains and good food on a daily basis. Access to those things and the knowledge that comes with them is not a concern. For others who live outside of those circles access is often not simple or easy. This session will discuss the realities many people with limited time and limited resources face and how those factors can impact everyday food choices. We will also discuss innovative approaches to increase awareness and access to better, more nutritious foods.
Kim Binczewski, Moderator
Kim is the Managing Director of the Bread Lab.
Cole is the Community Food Access Manager for Community Action of Skagit County. He has a background in farm work, environmental history, and food banking. His work centers on facilitating hunger relief efforts in Skagit County. Beyond that he nurtures relationships with local farms to better ensure area food banks have access to high quality produce.
Diane works as the WSU Regional Food Access and Health Promotion Specialist for Skagit and Whatcom County. Her passion for good food and interest in supporting an equitable food system is demonstrated in her many different projects. The Farm Fresh Food Box project matches local farmers with retailers to bring healthy local produce to the community and stimulates rural economies by providing farmers with an additional direct-marketing opportunity. The Farmer Market Flash program and CSA cost-offset projects increase food access to families with limited resources. She recently completed an elementary school garden survey to identify opportunities for getting youth outside and in the garden. Through garden-based education, youth learn about the food they eat, increase intake of fruits and vegetables which in turn helps to address the obesity concerns seen in our community today. Ms. Smith has established nutrition education programs in preschool settings, elementary schools and for older youth to provide culinary skill development and help to establish a preference for healthier food options.
Diane is an advisory member of the Population Health Trust, facilitates the 1095 Skagit Coalition to ensure that all kids are well nourished 365 days a year (3 meals x 365 = 1095), and is the lead for Skagit Food for Skagit People, an ad hoc food system working group. In Whatcom County, she is collaborating with partners to update the Whatcom Community Food Assessment.”