Field to Plate

The Fresh Central program at CLEDA is all about: More Farmers, Better Opportunities, and Stronger Connections. Our Field to Plate activities help facilitate a network where our local food producers and institutional buyers can thrive with wrap-around supportive services that include one on one technical assistance, high-quality workshops, short course, classes, and developed markets with farmers and buyers prepared to sell and purchase locally grown/raised/harvested food. We are here to help. Please review the information in this section, if you don’t see what you are looking for please let us know how we can customize a service just for you.

Farm to School

Farm to school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and early care and education sites. Farm to school empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities.*

Technical Assistance

Our Team is proud to provide high-quality technical assistance either on your farm or here in our offices. We provide one on one services and group classes, workshops and short courses. If you don’t see the topic you are looking for in the list of most commonly requested technical assistance, please let us know- we are here to help.  

Farm to Institution

If you are an institution of any kind: restaurant, business, school, office, or a wholesaler distributor and would like to buy locally grown/raised/harvested food from the central Louisiana region, we are here to help. The Fresh Central team can connect you with workplace wellness policy templates, purchasing guidelines, and make introductions to local farmers and ranchers that might meet your buying needs. We can customize resources to make your purchasing as seamless as possible. Is there a farmer or rancher you would like to buy from but perhaps you (or they) just need a little assistance? Let us know how we can help you make this happen.
If you are a farmer or rancher and want to develop a wholesale program on your farm, we can help you grow from the direct to consumer market to the wholesale market; with business planning, pricing, marketing, certification, and more. We will look forward to hearing from you.

Business Financing

If you are a farmer or rancher and would like to learn more about small business loans, please contact us for more information.

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