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Evaluating Innovation and Promoting Success in Community and Regional Food Systems

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This presentation is a review of what we've accomplished during the first two years of our project, which focuses on research, education, outreach, and advocacy to address food security in urban …

This presentation is a review of what we've accomplished during the first two years of our project, which focuses on research, education, outreach, and advocacy to address food security in urban areas.

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  • 1. Evaluating Innovation and Promoting Success inCommunity and Regional Food Systems Research, education, outreach, and advocacy to address food security in urban areas Co-Principal Investigators: Steve Ventura, Professor, Soil Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison Will Allen, CEO, Farmer and Founder, Growing Power, Inc.
  • 2. A collaboration of University of Wisconsin-Madison Growing Power University of Wisconsin-Extension Michael Fields Agricultural Institute and numerous community partners: Center for Resilient Cities, Chicago Food Policy Council, Community Groundworks, Community Services Unlimited of Los Angeles, Detroit BlackCommunity Food Security Network, Food Project, Growing Home, Hunger Task Force, Iowa County RC&D, Los Angeles Food Policy Council, Michigan StateUniversity, Sixteenth Street Community Health Center, Walnut Way Conservation Corp., Wayne State University AND MORE Supported by the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture USDA Award 2011-68004-30044
  • 3. Project Components• Education – high school: PEOPLE program – college: internships, graduate practicums• Outreach – training – assessment – communication – webinars and website• Research – CRFS framework – city profiles – community innovation fund projects• Advocacy – Farm bill – food policy councils• Community Engagement Projects
  • 4. Project Components• Education – high school: PEOPLE program – college: internships, graduate practicums• Outreach – training – assessment – communication – webinars and website• Research – CRFS framework – city profiles – community innovation fund projects• Advocacy – Farm bill – food policy councils• Community Engagement Projects
  • 5. Education• UW-Madison PEOPLE program – Pre-college Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence – Pipeline to college for students of color and low income students• CRFS addition to PEOPLE: – Development of urban agriculture curricula • 1 week, 3 week programs • High school internships – Collaboration with Milwaukee high schools
  • 6. Education• PEOPLE and pizza
  • 7. Outreach• Webinars – Fall 2011 series – Spring 2013 series – eXtension Community of Practice• Website – Blogs – Resources – theses, publications, etc. – Videos – voices of the people
  • 8. Outreach - website
  • 9. Outreach - website• vox populi
  • 10. Project Components• Research – the (evolving) CRFS Framework – Characterizing community and regional food systems – Enhancing communication – Pointing toward evaluation approaches – Built on previous efforts • several versions of food system cycles • Whole Measures, Community Food Security Coalition
  • 11. Project Components• Research – the (revolving) CRFS Framework
  • 12. Community Engagement Projects• “Community owned” projects – defined by and with community partners – serving community-identified needs• Small and rapid, but consequential – (but sometimes they grow!)• Oriented to building relationships and trust – not “parachute” solutions – balance of leadership – overcoming historic antipathy to authority
  • 13. Community Engagement• Examples Projects – Carrots to Schools – CFPAC Land Tenure Strategy – CFPAC Supply Chain Workgroup – Cover Cropping Vegetable Plots – Creating Favorable Ordinances for Urban Agriculture – Development of a Statewide Food Policy Council – Evaluation of LA Food Policy Council Initiatives – Food Enterprise Development Network – Food Waste Composting for Urban Soils – Gardening for Empowerment – Growing Power Inventory – Healthy Corner Stores Initiative (North Side Milwaukee) – Hunger Task Force Farm Support – Institute for Urban Agriculture & Nutrition – Lead in Urban Environments – South Side Milwaukee Healthy Food Access Coalition
  • 14. Community Engagement• Project Access Southside Milwaukee Food – Influencing consumer behavior and choice – Partners: local health service and food retailers – Building and supporting local leadership
  • 15. Community Engagement• Projecttheir show: Southside Food Access –
  • 16. Community Engagement• Project – Madison Gardens for Empowerment• Growing Healthy Soil – Milwaukee
  • 17. Community Engagement• Project Growing Healthy Soil – lead in urban environments• Collaboration: - Medical College of Wisconsin - 16th Street Health Clinic - Walnut Way• Help residents with back yard gardens - Support - Benefits - Risks
  • 18. Community Engagement• Project Chicago Grown label – CFPAC activity – CRFS guided
  • 19. Community Engagement• Project Milwaukee school vegetables – Growing Power and the carrot conundrums • Cost • Processing • Sourcing – Leading to a melange of local procurement
  • 20. Community Engagement• Project Hunger Task Force – moribund county prison farm turned into food pantry supplier
  • 21. CRFS Lessons• Collective impact• Food justice and food sovereignty• Community/university/extension partnerships• Food system services• Scaling up
  • 22. CRFS Lessons• Collective impact• Food justice and food sovereignty• Community/university/extension partnerships• Food system services• Scaling up
  • 23. CRFS Lessons – Food Justice• Detroit food club -> food coop (innovation fund)• Dismantling racism workshops
  • 24. CRFS Lessons – Food System•Parallel concept toServicesservices ecosystem• “Values” wheel of framework• Builds on CFSC Whole Measures for Community Food Systems
  • 25. CRFS Lessons – Food System• Services Metrics to measure food system services – Growing Power inventory – Urban markets survey – Milwaukee Food Policy Council assessment
  • 26. Looking Forward• Within CRFS – Innovation Fund Research – Graduate practicums• Enduring beyond CRFS – Institute on Urban Agriculture and Nutrition – Wisconsin Food Policy Council – The Good Food Revolution