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    • Mohawk Valley Food Project
      local • regional • collaborative • community-driven
    • Mission
      To establish a productive and resilient regional food system and ensure equal access to affordable,
      healthy and nutritious food
      for all.
    • 2011
      The Mohawk Valley Food
      Project launches as a Rust to Green Utica Action Stepwith
      more than 30 active partners collaborating to address its mission and goals
      create the area’s first
      Food Policy Council
    • USDA Hunger Free Communities Grant
      grantees in partnership with community organizations to improve access to nutritious food through research, planning, and implementing hunger relief activities
      14 grant recipients
      from among 200 applicants nationwide
      Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County
      Resource Center for Independent Living
      City of Utica
      Rust to Green Utica
      Cornell University Department of Landscape Architecture
    • developing and strengthening
      Mohawk Valley’s Food System
      • Foster regional self-reliancewhile ensuring all citizens have access to affordable, healthy food that is locally grown using environmentally sustainable practices
      • Study what’s shaping and affecting the food system and food security of our community and its citizens
      • Work together and take actions leading to greater community food security, effective food policies and a resilient food system
      • Form a Food Policy Council
      to oversee, implement and evaluate Mohawk Valley’s Food System policies and programs
      Food Potentials Map: Showing different types of farmland and urbanized land extending to 10 miles from Utica
      Data from Cornell Foodshed Mapping calculates Utica’s capacity to produce all of its cropland foods within 10 miles and all of its grassland foods within 31miles
    • What’s a
      Food Policy Council?
      COALITIONof local residents and business people, educational and government institutions and not-for profit organizantions who come together to examine how a food system is operating and to develop recommendations on how to improve it.
      FOOD POLICY COUNCIL addresses food insecurity, nutrition and agricultural sustainabilty with the goal of connecting the regional food system.
    • What makes a
    • Mohawk Valley Food System snaphot January 2011
    • Food Production
      A community’s sustainability depends on its food system and its ability to provide its food needs
      A sustainable food system builds ties between agriculture community and the food consuming community.
      A stable local agricultural base is key to a community-responsive food system
    • Food ProcessingandPackaging
      The process of converting what is produced to what is purchased at grocery stores, convenience shops, restuarants, bakeries, etc.
      Examples include canning vegetables, making beer, packaging...
      Many are employed while contributing along the way.
    • Food Distribution
      How food is delivered to consumers in response to the community’s needs
      Includes supermarkets, farmers’ markets, food pantries, restaurants, school and hospital cafeterias, convenient stores, etc.
    • Food Access
      Making healthy, nutritious and affordable food available contributes to individual and community well-being and resilience
      What programs are available to those in need? Are these SNAP and WIC authorized vendors? Are emergency food programs, school meal programs and food banks meeting the need?
      Are food deserts preventing access to healthy food? What travel routes and transport options are available? What distances?
    • Food Consumption
      What we eat matters to our health!
      Diets high in fats, carbohydrates and processed foods negatively impacts ones overall health and well-being
      Such diets are linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer
    • Food Waste
      The ways people handle the byproducts and wastes produced throughout the food system. This includes everything from cow manure to orange peels.
      Best management practices, like composting, can close the loop and turn food “waste” into fertile soil.