Chef’s Harvesting & Educational Foundation

Food awareness from the roots up!

Help Our Dream Grow

It’s amazing what becomes of one little seed…

Our Mission

Chefs Harvesting & Educational Foundation's Mission

cropped-CHEF_Logo_SQ_FINAL.pngCHEF is dedicated to putting the Farm to Fork movement into action.  It is our mission to reconnect people to their food, both in the garden, at their dinner table, and when they dine in local restaurants.  We strive to market and promote the food culture of the greater Sacramento region and it's rich agricultural history.  We are an advocate for all things Farm to Fork and will continue to develop the brand through marketing, hosting signature Sacramento events, and promoting food and beverage tourism.

The CHEF Foundation has also planted the seeds of it's first Urban Farm in West Sacramento that is dedicated to helping grow food for the local community, creating jobs for local refugees through the IRC's New Roots program, and bringing chefs back to the farm.

At CHEF, we want to cultivate healthy relationships between all farm to fork organizations while creating a strong network of sustainability. We will realize this dream through educational projects, building urban farms, and helping to grow awareness of the Sacramento region and its culinary connection to local farms.

Chefs Harvesting & Educational Foundation's Goals

  1. Create a Marketing program that will be used to promote our regions vibrant food scene
  2. Recruit and maintain a steady work force for Farm to Fork restaurants in our region
  3. Establish a network of restaurants & farmers markets for our farmers to sell their produce to.
  4. Support local programs that promote food literacy.
  5. Develop healthy relationships between farmers and Chefs.
  6. Grow awareness of the Sacramento region and its culinary connection to local farms.
  7. Show community support for the development of Urban Farms in our community.
  8. Promote our Farm to Fork movement outside of our region.
  9. Creating a series of Sacramento signature events that benefit our movement.
  10. We want to cultivate healthy relationships between all farm to fork organizations while creating a strong network of sustainability.

How Our Urban Farms Will Work

We have partnered with the International Rescue Committee to build a five acre urban farm in west Sacramento, that will provide work for local refugees that are relocating to Sacramento for a new start in life.  Our goal is to help this modle of farming to grow throughout our entire region.

Our farmers are selling their produce to local restaurants and farmers markets creating a revenue source for their families, while helping to further Sacramento's commitment to the Farm To Fork lifestyle.  Through the success of this urban farm, we will bring food awareness and education to our local communities and children.  Reconnecting our communities to the food they eat, through on site education, classroom visits, and educational cooking events, highlighting our deep relationship to food.  Through our project Chefs and farmers will be able to grow together and learn from one another, we are bringing the fork back to the farm! #fork2farm

Our mission will only be successful one plant and one urban farm at a time, so please spread the word and help us grow!

 

 

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CHEF Events

CHEF Signature Events

We are currently planting the seeds to lead a series of signature regional events that will benefit our Farm to Fork movement.  These events are the inspiration of local chefs and restaurateurs that will help to drive economic growth in our region while motivating more food tourism.  We have amazing farmers markets, restaurants, breweries, and local coffee roasters that we want to highlight through these events.  Our ultimate goal is to inspire people to visit our region to experience all that Farm To Fork has to offer.

 

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Chef Farm Partners

The food is local. The story is global.

Across the United States, seeds of change are being planted in sun-drenched gardens. And the harvest is much more than a bounty of nutritious foods.

Each year, the IRC helps thousands of refugees who have been granted sanctuary in the United States to rebuild their lives. An essential part of our broader resettlement efforts, the New Roots program enables refugees to reestablish their ties to the land, celebrate their heritage and nourish themselves and their neighbors by planting strong roots—literally—in their new communities.

Uprooted by crisis. Grounded by hope.

More than 45 million people are currently displaced worldwide due to persecution, conflict and disaster. Forced to flee to safety, they often leave everything behind—their homes, their families and their livelihoods. A tiny fraction of these vulnerable men, women and children are permanently resettled in host countries. In 2012, the IRC helped resettle some 7,600 refugees in the United States, including many from agrarian backgrounds who arrived here with agricultural expertise.

Through community gardening, nutrition education and small-business farming, New Roots is giving hundreds of refugee farmers the tools and training they need to grow healthy and affordable food and become self-sufficient. Across a network stretching from San Diego to the South Bronx, from Seattle to Charlottesville, ( coming soon West Sacramento), refugees are revitalizing urban spaces, sharing their farming know-how with their new neighbors and providing healthy, fresh food to their families and communities.

  • 97% of agricultural workers live in developing countries. The average age of the American farmer is 57.
  • 23.5 million Americans live in so-called food deserts, which lack access to fresh produce. Only 3% of American cropland is used to grow fruits and vegetables.
  • More than 68% of adults and nearly one-third of children and adolescents age 5 to 19 are overweight or obese in the United States.
  • Some 2.7 million lives could be saved every year if vegetable consumption was increased.

Growing good — for all of us.

New Roots offers an effective, community-based solution to some of the most pressing challenges facing our world. New Roots is about healthy families, secure communities and a more sustainable future. It’s about dignity, determination and the boundless possibility of human connection. And it’s about the power of people to heal and nurture positive change from the ground up.

In 22 U.S. cities, the IRC provides resettled refugees with the assistance they need to survive and thrive. Through New Roots and a range of other programs, we are helping them to establish a strong future for themselves, their communities and our world.

About The International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. IRC teams provide health care, infrastructure, learning and economic support to people in 40 countries, with special programs designed for women and children. Every year, the IRC resettles thousands of refugees in 22 U.S. cities.

The IRC was founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein.

Follow the IRC on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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