Did you know that San Diego County has 6,687 farms, more than any other county in the United States? San Diego County also has the largest community of organic growers in the state and nation, with 374 farms growing more than 175 crops. It is with these characteristics in mind that Healthy Works promotes access to foods and products that are San Diego "Born & Raised" so residents and institutions can shop fresh and buy local, when possible.
Through Healthy Works, the County of San Diego is increasing community food production through policy and systems changes by providing technical assistance to local jurisdictions and residents to help them develop and implement planning procedures that encourage community food production, such as community gardens. Such
initiatives ultimately bring more buying power to the consumer. To learn more about current efforts, read about the Healthy Works Community Agriculture Planning Project.
To support these messages, efforts and the larger goal to promote healthy food systems, the San Diego County Farm Bureau, in partnership with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, has relaunched its San Diego Grown 365 certification program. The 365 seal helps customers easily identify specific produce grown in San Diego. Many consumers want to purchase and consume locally grown produce; now consumers, retailers and meal-serving institutions are able to ensure they are choosing products from growers in San Diego County. Each 365-certified grower, retailer or meal-serving institution will enter into a license agreement with the Farm Bureau to ensure that the seal is representing genuine San Diego produce.
To learn more about Healthy Works healthy food systems efforts, contact Naomi Billups.