Jordan Haas (she/her)
Program Coordinator, Gorge Grown Food Network
Procurement and Education Hub Coordinator
Hood River, Wasco & Sherman Co
One element of farm to school procurement that I particularly enjoy is helping buyers and producers make the connection that local purchasing can work at any scale. It's all about finding the right fit between the producer's product availability and the goals of the buyer.
I have spent the majority of the past ten years engaged in the various facets of farm to school programs - as a school garden educator in a rural school district, a school nutrition director, and a program manager supporting beginning farmers using institutional sales as a channel to scale-up their farm businesses. In my role as a Regional Hub Lead, I enjoy using these past experiences to support teachers, food producers, and school nutrition staff in expanding farm to school efforts in our community.