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First Partner learns about small, BIPOC farmers working to enter school food marketplace

California First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom joins CDFA Farm to School Program staff during a February 10 tour of Vue Certified Produce hosted by the Asian Business Institute and Resource Center (ABIRC) in the Central Valley. ABIRC received a $500,000 grant in the first round of the California Farm to School Incubator Grant to introduce more locally grown, culturally appropriate crops for school meals, while also allowing participating farmers the opportunity to visit schools, talk about their specialty crops, conduct taste tests and share stories about their careers in agriculture. “I had such an amazing day with the folks at Vue Certified Produce in Fowler learning more about the experience of small, BIPOC farmers working to enter the school food marketplace,” Siebel Newsom said. “Thanks to all of them for their hospitality and generosity!”
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