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Food and Garden- A Couple of Things of Interest

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  • Renee Robbins
    Thought I would share some tid bits that may be of interest to the Visitacion Valley community. Bayview Footprints: SEFA Food Guardians Focus on FoodsCo
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 28, 2011
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      Thought I would share some tid bits that may be of interest to the Visitacion Valley community.

      Bayview Footprints: SEFA Food Guardians Focus on FoodsCo


      Building on Network for Elders ground-breaking grassroots effort, the SEFA Food Guardians have continued to work with Bayview’s only full service grocery store, Foods Co., located at 5800 Williams Street, to ensure that quality nutritious foods and a clean shopping environment is being provided to all shoppers.
      The SEFA (Southeast Sector Food Access) Food Guardians found it essential to get the opinions of Foods Co customers, by developing and administering a community-based participatory survey, to see where those customers stand on the overall spectrum of freshness of food and cleanliness throughout the store. The survey was conducted over a series of two weeks in the month of May 2010 on peak shopping days, during mornings and afternoons, to get a variety of opinions. After the survey was concluded and the data was compiled, a meeting was set up to discuss the results of the survey with the new Foods Co Director, Roberto Aguilar.
      On October 14th 2010, the SEFA Food Guardians, along with the Food Guardian Coordinator, met with Roberto Aguilar, to discuss the results of the survey, and also to present a list of recommended changes for the store. Mr. Aguilar committed to most of the recommendations for improvement, and felt that the following could be met within 3-6 months:
      • Cleaning
      • Customer Service
      • Addressing the loitering outside
      • Healthier foods options
      • Being more on top of checkout lines
      • Attending SEFA meetings
      • Meeting with Food Guardians quarterly

      To ensure that the recommendations are met, the SEFA Food Guardians have requested quarterly meetings with the store director, followed by an official letter being sent to Foods Co District Manager, Richard Tovatt. 


      This article was written by Kenneth Hill for the Food Guardians, and appeared in a recent issue of Bayview Footprints, an online resource and community-building group focused on the Bayview/Hunter’s Point area. For more information, or to join the conversation, please visit http://www.bayviewfootprints.org/



      ECO SF: Fruit Tree Grafting, Pruning, and Growing


      On Sunday, January 30th, come learn all about fruit trees like apples, pears, plums, pluots, mullberrries, figs and more! ECO-SF staff will lead hands-on workshop in grafting, pruning, selecting appropriate varieties and growing great trees. Bakers Alley is a potluck event so bring a dish to share or something to bake in the cob oven and solar cookers. All are welcome young and old, Rain or shine, we hope to see you there!

      This event will take place from 11 am to 4 pm at the School Farm, located on the campus of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and the School of the Arts, at 555 Portola Dr. San Francisco.


      For more information, visit http://www.eco-sf.org/home

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