The Ideation Fresh Foodservice Forum has become an important part of the New York Produce show and Conference with operators, distributors, producers all joining together to find ways to boost produce consumption and bring us closer to the USDA goal of half the plate being accounted for by fruits and vegetables… So when we heard that a new hire at Rutgers had brought with her some research tying together produce farmers and independent restaurants we signed her up quick and we asked Carol Bareuther, Contributing Editor at Pundit sister publication PRODUCE BUSINESS to find out more: “When I got hired here at Rutgers, the department head called in. Because I’m an assistant professor with Rutgers, I’m on a tenure clock, and he said at the time, I think it would be best for you to wait until January, because if you start in November, it means your tenure clock has already started, so you’ll be behind. I know you want to start, and you want the income. And I said this is not why I really want to do extension. It’s not about the income. I just want to get started right away interacting with the farmers,” said Kenesha Reynolds-Allie, Agricultural Agent with New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University.
This article features Jennifer Shukaitis, MPH of the Department of Family and Community Health Services at Rutgers Cooperative Extension… FoodCorps is a national nonprofit that operates in 17 states and Washington, DC. The organization works by putting FoodCorps members into schools to help connect kids from preschool to 12th grade with real food… “There are three pillars of the program. One is knowledge, which is the food education piece. The second is engagement. This involves hands-on gardening and teaching kids where food comes from. Third is access to fresh food, which we do with farm-to-school programs to boost the amount of fresh healthy foods served like fruits and vegetables,” said Shukaitis.