Foodwise Community

Education. Farmers markets. Community.

aka Foodwise   |   San Francisco, CA   |  https://foodwise.org

Mission

Foodwise is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to growing thriving communities through the power and joy of local food. We envision a world that nourishes all people, local economies, and the living earth. Founded in 1994, Foodwise (formerly CUESA) operates the world-renowned Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and Mission Community Market in San Francisco. Foodwise offers food access and education programs to connect eaters of all ages with fresh food and local farms, and inspire communities to take part in creating a fair, regenerative, and delicious food future for all.

Ruling year info

1996

Executive Director

Ms. Christine Farren

Main address

One Ferry Building Suite 50

San Francisco, CA 94111 USA

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Formerly known as

Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA)

EIN

94-3212988

NTEE code info

Agricultural Programs (K20)

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Foodwise Kids

Foodwise Kids is a free program for elementary school classes that uses the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market as a classroom for empowering the next generation of healthy eaters. Through comparative tastings, exploring the market, and a hands-on cooking lesson, we nurture children’s love for fruits and vegetables, teach them to prepare healthy, seasonal foods, and raise their awareness of their role in a sustainable food system.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Launched in January 2019, Foodwise Teens is a semester-long paid job training program where teens build skills to sustain healthy lives and a healthy planet. Building on eight years of success in CUESA’s Schoolyard to Market program, Foodwise Teens transforms CUESA’s youth programming and takes it to the next level. Students learn about food justice, develop job skills, and get hands-on experience in the garden, in the kitchen, and at the farmers market, while getting paid for their work.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

Shoppers who use CalFresh (SNAP/EBT) benefits at CUESA farmers markets can double their dollars up to $15 per market day with Market Match and receive free market coins to spend on fruits and vegetables. Market Match is a nutrition incentive program that makes fresh produce more affordable. Fruit and vegetables are an essential part of a healthy diet, but they cost more per calorie than most processed foods, so families on a tight food budget are often unable to afford enough for optimum health. Market Match helps level the playing field by making local and sustainable produce more accessible to people with limited income.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

CUESA hosts occasional evening lectures and panel discussions inside the Ferry Building. Past speakers have included Michael Pollan, Marion Nestle, and Vandana Shiva. The talks cover pertinent issues about our food system, such as farming in an age of climate change, humane animal husbandry, and the rise of urban agriculture around the country.

Population(s) Served
Adults

From seasonal tastings and cooking programs to evening talks and farm tours, CUESA provides educational experiences for you to meet farmers and food makers, learn and share food knowledge, and take action.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

What better way to learn about where your food comes from than to visit the place where it was produced? Each year in the spring, summer, and fall, CUESA offers about six full-day excursions to explore the farms and facilities of Ferry Plaza Farmers Market sellers. Through CUESA’s tour program, participants see, taste, and learn about their food first-hand, guided by the farmers and artisans themselves. Most tours have two stops, some include hands-on experiences (like kitchen skills classes and U-pick harvesting), and all include a delicious farm-fresh lunch.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Foodwise Community

Board of directors
as of 10/04/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Marie Trimble Holvick

Gordon & Rees

Term: 2019 - 2021

Erin Archuleta

ICHI Dozo, Square

Marty Cepkauskas

Hearst Corporation

Sonya Dreizler Schinske

Solutions with Sonya

Aomboon Deasy

K&J Orchards, Pomet

Lee Koffler

Voleon Group

Shakirah Simley

Booker T. Washington Community Service Center

Daniel Capra

Paula LeDuc Fine Catering

Andrew Freeman

Andrew Freeman & Co.

Saeeda Hafiz

San Francisco Unified School District

Nafis Jamal

Mopub, Twitter

Stacy Jed

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Aaron Tidman

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Dilan Urun

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/11/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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