Dan Chan (Pres­i­dent) and Tom Chan (CEO) with Sacra­mento Food Bank & Fam­ily Service’s Kelly Siefkin (far left) and Blake Young (sec­ond from right)
Last week, Farm-​to-​Fork and Food Tank hosted the inau­gural food sum­mit called Farm Tank in Sacra­mento. Look­ing to fur­ther offer indus­try mem­bers oppor­tu­ni­ties to learn about the unique per­spec­tive of Cal­i­for­nia food and agri­cul­ture, Gen­eral Pro­duce par­tic­i­pated in Farm Tank in many ways. We really wanted to pro­vide an exhil­a­rat­ing expe­ri­ence that will advance con­ver­sa­tion around access to healthy food. All of the thought­ful con­ver­sa­tion and edu­ca­tion that tran­spired those few days could poten­tially improve our local food system.

Day 1 (Sep­tem­ber 22): CEO Tom Chan on the Infra­struc­ture Panel
Kick­ing off the first day of the event were panel dis­cus­sions, one of which included the par­tic­i­pa­tion of our CEO Tom Chan. He spoke about infra­struc­ture and Gen­eral Produce’s role in the food sup­ply chain. “As a food hub, we’re a bridge between food pro­duc­ers and the end con­sumer,” says Tom. “Our para­mount role as a pro­duce dis­trib­u­tor is to pro­vide access to safe, healthy, local and regional foods to com­mu­ni­ties near and far.”

Some high­lights of Tom’s par­tic­i­pa­tion include the fol­low­ing back­stage inter­view and quotes dur­ing the panel:

Day 2 (Sep­tem­ber 23): Hubs & Inno­va­tion Track
On the sec­ond day, Gen­eral Pro­duce was a tour stop on the Hubs & Inno­va­tion track. To show­case agri­cul­ture in action, we brought back our On the Plate event and invited some of our incred­i­ble local grow­ers and com­mu­nity part­ners for a farm­ers’ mar­ket style event.

Farm Tank atten­dees were wel­comed by CEO Tom Chan and Pres­i­dent Dan Chan who dis­cussed Gen­eral Produce’s his­tory, longevity, and roots in the Sacra­mento region. Fol­low­ing the intro­duc­tion, atten­dees toured the Gen­eral Pro­duce facil­ity and met with our grow­ers and com­mu­nity part­ners. Atten­dees were able to hear directly from those respon­si­ble for pro­vid­ing won­der­ful Cal­i­for­nia grown prod­ucts to con­sumers. Our grow­ers and part­ners dis­cussed food access, sus­tain­able prac­tices, food safety, tech­nol­ogy, food recov­ery, and much more. Dos Coy­otes wrapped up the event with a won­der­ful lunch pre­pared only with local ingre­di­ents.

Some high­lights from this day:
Check out this won­der­ful recap reel from Giv­ing Garden: