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Reduce food waste across all sectors of the Santa Barbara County food system – from producer to consumer –through policy, education, and collaboration.

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Reduce food waste through policy education and collaboration.

A foodshed is the geographic area spanning from where food is produced to where it is consumed – including the land it grows on, the route it travels, the markets it passes through, and the tables it ends up on. One way we can invest in our foodshed is by reducing food waste across all sectors of the food system.


SBCFAN Working Groups bring together individuals from across the food system to collaborate on projects that result in the activation of one or more Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan goals. Click on a Working Group below to learn more and/or request to join.

Working Groups Currently Activating this goal

El Centro Santa Barbara: Somos Semillas Community Garden Success Story
The Somos Semillas Garden is a community-led project that provides space for place-based learning, public health, nutrition education, and community empowerment.
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Veggie Rescue: Mobile Solar Cooler Success Story
Veggie Rescue’s mobile solar coolers are expanding access to fresh, local produce to food insecure communities throughout Santa Barbara County.
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Restoration Oaks: Vermicomposting Success Story
The vermicast pilot project at Restoration Oaks Ranch demonstrates how environmental regeneration can improve soil health and help us reach climate goals.
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Santa Ynez Valley Community Kitchen at St. Mark’s: Success Story
St. Mark's launched a community kitchen that serves as a hub for teaching, training, nutrition, and food distribution.
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Santa Ynez Valley Community Kitchen at St. Mark’s and Veggie Rescue: Kitchen Activation Success Story
St. Mark’s and Veggie Rescue partner to activate a community food access center to address food access and security.
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Organic Soup Kitchen: Cancer & Chronic Illness Program Success Story
Organic Soup Kitchen is providing organic, locally sourced, nutrient dense soups to support cancer and chronic illness recovery.
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