Evaluating Innovation and Promoting Success inCommunity and Regional Food Systems      Research, education, outreach, and ...
A collaboration of                 University of Wisconsin-Madison                          Growing Power                U...
Project Components• Education   – high school: PEOPLE program   – college: internships, graduate practicums• Outreach   – ...
Project Components• Education  – high school: PEOPLE program  – college: internships, graduate practicums• Outreach  –   t...
Education• UW-Madison PEOPLE program  – Pre-college Enrichment Opportunity Program    for Learning Excellence  – Pipeline ...
Education• PEOPLE and pizza
Outreach• Webinars  – Fall 2011 series  – Spring 2013 series  – eXtension Community of Practice• Website  – Blogs  – Resou...
Outreach - website
Outreach - website• vox populi
Project Components• Research – the (evolving) CRFS Framework  – Characterizing community and regional food    systems  – E...
Project Components• Research – the (revolving) CRFS  Framework
Community Engagement           Projects• “Community owned” projects  – defined by and with community partners  – serving c...
Community Engagement•   Examples             Projects    –   Carrots to Schools    –   CFPAC Land Tenure Strategy    –   C...
Community Engagement•                  Project Access    Southside Milwaukee Food    – Influencing consumer behavior and c...
Community Engagement•                  Projecttheir show:    Southside Food Access –
Community Engagement•               Project – Madison Gardens for Empowerment• Growing Healthy Soil – Milwaukee
Community Engagement•                  Project  Growing Healthy Soil – lead in urban environments• Collaboration:  -   Med...
Community Engagement•                  Project    Chicago Grown label    – CFPAC activity    – CRFS guided
Community Engagement•                  Project    Milwaukee school vegetables    – Growing Power and the carrot conundrums...
Community Engagement•                  Project    Hunger Task Force    – moribund county prison farm turned into food     ...
CRFS Lessons• Collective impact• Food justice and food sovereignty• Community/university/extension  partnerships• Food sys...
CRFS Lessons• Collective impact• Food justice and food sovereignty• Community/university/extension  partnerships• Food sys...
CRFS Lessons – Food Justice• Detroit food club -> food coop (innovation  fund)• Dismantling racism workshops
CRFS Lessons – Food System•Parallel concept toServicesservices                    ecosystem• “Values” wheel of framework• ...
CRFS Lessons – Food System•                    Services    Metrics to measure food system services    – Growing Power inve...
Looking Forward• Within CRFS  – Innovation Fund Research  – Graduate practicums• Enduring beyond CRFS  – Institute on Urba...
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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 areas.

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Evaluating Innovation and Promoting Success in Community and Regional Food Systems

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 6. Education• PEOPLE and pizza
  7. 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. 8. Outreach - website
  9. 9. Outreach - website• vox populi
  10. 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. 11. Project Components• Research – the (revolving) CRFS Framework
  12. 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. 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. 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. 15. Community Engagement• Projecttheir show: Southside Food Access –
  16. 16. Community Engagement• Project – Madison Gardens for Empowerment• Growing Healthy Soil – Milwaukee
  17. 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. 18. Community Engagement• Project Chicago Grown label – CFPAC activity – CRFS guided
  19. 19. Community Engagement• Project Milwaukee school vegetables – Growing Power and the carrot conundrums • Cost • Processing • Sourcing – Leading to a melange of local procurement
  20. 20. Community Engagement• Project Hunger Task Force – moribund county prison farm turned into food pantry supplier
  21. 21. CRFS Lessons• Collective impact• Food justice and food sovereignty• Community/university/extension partnerships• Food system services• Scaling up
  22. 22. CRFS Lessons• Collective impact• Food justice and food sovereignty• Community/university/extension partnerships• Food system services• Scaling up
  23. 23. CRFS Lessons – Food Justice• Detroit food club -> food coop (innovation fund)• Dismantling racism workshops
  24. 24. CRFS Lessons – Food System•Parallel concept toServicesservices ecosystem• “Values” wheel of framework• Builds on CFSC Whole Measures for Community Food Systems
  25. 25. CRFS Lessons – Food System• Services Metrics to measure food system services – Growing Power inventory – Urban markets survey – Milwaukee Food Policy Council assessment
  26. 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

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