College of Agriculture
For more than 60 years, the College of Agriculture (COA) at California State University, Chico has excelled at preparing tomorrow’s agriculture leaders for the challenges of feeding the world and nurturing local communities. Led by outstanding faculty and staff and enriched through hands-on educational experiences at the extraordinary 800-acre University Farm, students in the COA develop a spirit of inquiry, practice collaboration, learn leadership, and gain a broad understanding of agricultural production systems. The COA’s mission is to “discover, share, and disseminate knowledge of integrated agricultural and environmental systems to students, the agricultural community, and society.” In keeping with this mission and its strategic goal of serving the north state agricultural community, the COA supports the development of new local marketing channels by the North Valley Food Hub because those markets can improve the profitability and viability of small- and medium-sized agricultural producers in the region. The COA has provided faculty professional development and grant resources to the project, and is a current member of Buy Fresh Buy Local, North Valley.
3CORE has a simple mission - to cultivate healthy business because people matter. Business is the heartbeat of any community and success in business is much more than just personal success. Look at it this way. 3CORE wraps their services around 3 key words: Financing, Mentoring and Perspective. 3CORE is a private, non-profit corporation that works as the economic development planning and coordinating agency for the Tri-county region, comprised of Butte, Glenn and Tehama counties and the nine member cities located therein.
3CORE has played a invaluable role mentoring the North Valley Food Hub project in its early phase of development. Consistent with its mission, 3CORE continues to contribute important perspective on business and financial matters for the NVFH, and also was instrumental in securing funding from Rabobank’s Community Development Fund for the NVFH feasibility study conducted in 2011.
Center for Healthy Communities
The Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) values and helps create healthy, liveable communities. In 2001, Dr. Cindy Wolff started the first program in Butte County to serve kids struggling with obesity and that single project has grown into the CHC, a leader in nutrition education, food security, physical activity programs and policies addressing the needs of diverse populations locally, regionally, and internationally. CHC provides the NVFH staff and faculty expertise, collaboration on federal grant projects, cutting edge research and evaluation methods, and a mighty force of students and dedicated staff working within their communities from the North Valley to the Oregon border.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) provides the agriculture industry with valuable tools and services that help create marketing opportunities. AMS ensures the quality and availability of wholesome food and agricultural products for consumers in domestic and export markets. The Farmers’ Market Promotion Program is a component of the Farmers Marketing and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP), which is authorized by the Farmer-to-Consumer Direct Marketing Act of 1946, as amended (7 U.S.C. 3005). Under FMLFPP, two competitive grant programs are available: the Farmers’ Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP). The creation of the online infrastructure of the North Valley Food Hub was funded by a 2012-2014 FMPP grant awarded to the Northern California Regional Land Trust’s Local Food Systems Program.