10 Ways to Connect your Worksite with Local and Regional Foods

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Creating a worksite environments that support healthy eating habits by linking employees to their local and regional food cultures is an important multi-level wellness strategy. By making it convenient for employees to choose foods that are both healthy and enhance the economic diversification of their community, your employees and your organization contribute to the overall well-being of your community. Many strategies for encouraging local and regional foods can be easily implemented in worksites of all sizes.

  1. Local Food Atlas: Many regions have created local food atlases to help people identify the farmers in their area. This can be a great resource to hand out at the worksite to help employees learn where they can purchase local foods. For example, check out the Central WI FarmFresh Atlas here.
  2. Cooking workshops and tasting events: Cooking events and workshops that feature local foods are great ways to introduce people to new cooking skills and new foods. If space is limited, try connecting with local farm vendors or organizations to have an off-site lunch and learn.
  3. Volunteer days: Provide employees with volunteer hours that they can use to support local food events in your community
  4. Host Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) open house: Each spring you could host a farmer meet and greet so employees can meet local farmers, learn about their products, and sign up for a CSA.
  5. List of CSA drop points: Distribute information about CSAs in your area and nearby drop points each spring to encourage employees to sign up.
  6. Become a CSA drop point: Having a CSA drop point within your organization is a great way to make CSAs more convenient for your employees by eliminating “one more stop” from their after-work to-do list.
  7. Farmers’ market walks: If your workplace is within walking distance of a weekday farmers’ market, schedule a break-time or lunch-time walking routine to pick up fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers.
  8. CSA subsidies: Check with your health insurance about offering a rebate for CSA participation, or provide employees with a subsidy to help cover their CSA and increase their fresh fruit and vegetable consumption.
  9. Compost bins, food residuals: Local foods do not end at the plate. Food residuals (often referred to as food waste) are an important part of the local food cycle. There are many great ways to collect food residuals in the office and compost them for use in the organization’s landscaping or returning it to the CSA vendors in your community.
  10. Set up a farmers’ market onsite: Consider if there is a need for a farmers’ market vendor or two in your area during the day. Easy access to a farmers’ market is a convenient way for employees to access local foods and great way to boost morale.

 

 

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