May 122013
 

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 8, 2013 –

Submitted by the County of Yolo

A new website aims to let local farmers publicize what they have for sale — and allow consumers, school districts and restaurants to connect and buy fresh and direct. It’s called “Harvest Hub Yolo,” and you can find it at www.harvesthubyolo.org.

On May 13, the Yolo County Department of Agriculture will provide two training sessions to teach growers and consumers how to post and purchase products from the Harvest Hub Yolo website.

Yolo County Agricultural Commissioner John Young, describes the food hub as a “virtual marketplace” where growers can post products available for immediate sale, and where restaurants, food service directors and consumers can purchase directly from growers.

The Harvest Hub Yolo website trainings are open to anyone interested in using the site and will be held on Monday, May 13, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Yolo County Department of Employment & Social Services, 25 North Cottonwood, Woodland.

  As part of the training, Nicole Sturzenberger, outreach specialist, will walk attendees through the process of registering as a user and how to post and purchase from the website.

Harvest Hub Yolo aims to connect local products with local people and is part of a three year California Department of Food & Agriculture Specialty Crop Block grant received by Yolo County to increase local produce sales, particularly in the five school districts’ lunch programs.

To RSVP for the training, or for more information, email Sturzenberger at nicole.sturzenberger@yolocounty.org

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Steve Marschke

Steve Marschke