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California Avocado Commission
Features growers, industry information, recipes, avocado facts, and history.

Chef Ann Cooper
Ann Cooper — chef, author, and educator — advocates better food for all children. She founded the Food Family Farming Foundation to focus on solutions to the school food crisis. Its pivotal project is The Lunch Box web portal that provides free tools, recipes, and connections to support school food reform.

Chez Panisse Foundation
In 1996, Chef Alice Waters established the Chez Panisse Foundation. It envisions a school curriculum and school lunch program where growing, cooking, and sharing food at the table gives students the knowledge and values to build a humane and sustainable future.

Childhood Overweight and Obesity Prevention Initiative
Today, 12.5 million American children are overweight — more than 17 percent. Overweight children are at greater risk for many serious health problems. This initiative, sponsored by the United States surgeon general, promotes the importance of healthy eating and physical activity at a young age to help prevent overweight and obesity. Working together, we can ensure our children’s health — and their future.

Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill
Every 5 years the window of opportunity opens on Capitol Hill as lawmakers and their staffs work together to improve and reauthorize federal Child Nutrition Programs. During this time a bevy of questions are asked: What works well? What isn’t working? How can we address new needs? For school nutrition professionals, the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill brings a special responsibility to answer these questions in order to ensure quality, healthy, safe meals are provided to children every school day.

Edible San Diego
This magazine and website celebrate those who work to bring us the freshest quality food: farmers, ranchers, and growers committed to creating healthier and more sustainable methods of working with plants, animals, and the land, as well as wineries, brewpubs, coffee roasters, and food artisans.

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution
This food revolution is about saving America’s health by changing the way you eat. It’s not just a TV show, it’s a movement for you, your family, and your community. Educate yourself about food and cooking. Find out what your child is eating at school. Make only a few small changes and magical things will happen. Switching from processed to fresh food will not only make you feel better but it will add years to your life.

Lets Move! “Chefs Move to Schools” Program
In spring 2010 schools interested in using local chefs as a resource for their cafeterias and nutrition programs may sign up for the “Chefs Move to Schools” program created by First Lady Michelle Obama. The First Lady launched the “Chefs Move to Schools” program to encourage chefs across the country to get involved in their communities by volunteering their skills in local school cafeterias. The program, run through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, calls on America’s chefs to adopt a local school and work with teachers, parents, school nutritionists, and administrators to help educate kids about food and nutrition. Administrators or principals of K–12 schools and chefs who want to volunteer are invited to sign up online at to get connected with each other.

Local Harvest
This site features a directory of Farmers’ Markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area and where you can buy produce and grass-fed meats, and where you can find restaurants and other food businesses that support organic, local, and sustainable farming.

National School Lunch Program
The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day.

San Diego Childhood Obesity Initiative
The San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative is a public/private partnership whose mission is to reduce and prevent childhood obesity in the county by creating healthy environments for all children and families through advocacy, education, policy development, and environmental change. The initiative creates, supports, and mobilizes partners from various sectors to provide leadership in the prevention and reduction of childhood obesity.

San Diego Roots
This sustainable food project is dedicated to educating, cultivating, and empowering sustainable food communities in San Diego County. Its website lists events, programs, and where to find locally grown food, including organic markets, Farmers’ Markets, CSAs, farmstands, community gardens, sustainable seafood, and San Diego restaurants that use locally grown food.

Slow Food
This national organization supports, good, clean, and fair food. Its website features links to upcoming events, latest news, food education, information about joining, and finding slow food in your area.

Slow Food San Diego (SFSD)
Slow Food San Diego supports community efforts toward a greater understanding and availability of quality, sustainable, and local food. SFSD partners with the area’s artisanal food producers, regional growers, chefs, and like-minded individuals and community organizations to promote the culture of good, clean, and fair food. SFSD is committed to preserving food traditions and reviving the table as a center of family and community.

Slow Food Urban San Diego
Slow Food Urban San Diego seeks to create dramatic and lasting change in the local food system. Its mission is to reconnect urban San Diegans with each other, rediscover food traditions and cultural heritage, and educate its community about the plants, animals, fertile soils, and waters that produce its food. In addition, it supports the mission, tenets, programs and values of Slow Food USA. It also seeks to inspire a transformation in food policy, production practices, and market forces so that they ensure equity, sustainability, and pleasure in the food people eat.

Tierra Miguel Foundation
The foundation is dedicated to exploring the potential for setting up a socially responsible community that can work together for agricultural renewal and sustainable farming practices. It provides education and supports local programs, including the Farm to Institution part of a $16 million grant that was given to the County of San Diego by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Victory Garden, PBS Television Series
Information, instructions, recipes, and lots of video clips for anyone who wants to grow their own fruits and vegetables are available on this program and on the pbs website.

Victory Gardens San Diego
Working hand-in-hand with several San Diego food-movement groups, Victory Gardens San Diego encourages and assists in the development of sustainable, healthy, Earth-friendly home, community, and school food gardens throughout the San Diego area.