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Building Local Capacity to Promote Food Access
Activity Code: S426
Date: Saturday, April 13
What tools and strategies are local governments using to connect consumers with food producers in “food desert” communities? Drawing on research conducted as part of a five-year collaborative project funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, this session presents three recent case studies of local governments that are employing innovative planning to connect consumers with farmers and promote community health.
Associate Professor, State Univ of New York
Work: Samina Raja is an Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and the Principal Investigator of the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab at the University at Buffalo.
Education: PhD in Urban and Regional Planning; Masters in Planning (Housing); Bachelor of Science (Civil Engineering)
Publications: 1) Epstein, Leonard, Samina Raja, Tinuke Oluyomi Daniel, Rocco A. Paluch, Denise E. Wilfley, Brian E. Saelens, and James N. Roemmich, Ph.D. 2012. “The Built Environment Moderates Effects of Family-Based Childhood Obesity Treatment over 2 Years.” Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 44 (2): 248-58. 2) Raja, Samina, Li Yin, James Roemmich, Changxing Ma, Leonard Epstein, and Pavan Yadav. 2010. “Food environment, built environment, and women’s BMI: Evidence from Erie County, New York.” Journal of Planning Education and Research. 29: 444-460. 3) Committee on Health Impact Assessment. 2011. Improving Health in the United States: The Role of Health Impact Assessment. The National Academies Press, Washington, DC. Forthcoming. 4) Raja, Samina, Angelika Breinlich, and Aidan Kallas. 2010. “Partnerships to Promote Healthy Eating in School Environments: Lessons from Buffalo, New York: Lessons from Buffalo, New York.” Children, Youth, and Environment. 20 (2), 2010. 5) Raja, Samina, Branden Born, and Jessica Kozlowski Russell. 2008. A Planners’ Guide to Community and Regional Food Planning: Transforming Food Environments, Building Healthy Communities. Planning Advisory Service (PAS) Series, No. 554. Chicago, Illinois: American Planning Association. 112 p.
Past Assignments: [Selected only] Raja, Samina. Plenary speaker. Food Systems Planning in Urban Settings. Institute for Sustainable Communities Workshop. Memphis, TN. September 18, 2013. Raja, Samina. Keynote speaker. Planning Communities as if People Eat. 2012 AD Latornell Symposium. Ontario, Canada. November 16, 2012. Raja, Samina. Keynote speaker. Halton Food Council Priority Setting Event. Burlington, Ontario. May 12, 2011.
Assistant Vice President of Programs, American Farmland Trust
Phone: (413) 586-9330
Work: Ms. Freedgood is Assistant Vice President for Programs for the Farmland and Community Initiatives at American Farmland Trust (AFT). In this capacity, she oversees AFT's Farmland Information Center and federal, state and local policy efforts to support farmland protection and agricultural viability. Programatically, she leads AFT’s traditional farmland protection and transition work, Planning for Agriculture and projects to support local and regional food systems, access to land and support for beginning farmers. A recognized national leader in providing services to communities, Freedgood has spent her 30-year career ensuring a voice for agriculture in the community planning process. She developed a methodology to assess the contribution of farmland to local budgets called Cost of Community Services studies which have now been conducted in more than 150 communities across the country. She works closely with agricultural constituencies from farmers and ranchers to USDA, with municipal, county and state officials, and with planners, academics and land trusts to ensure agricultural land is available and affordable for farming and ranching, farmers and ranchers are economically viable and communities support farm and food security.
Education: Freedgood received a Master’s degree from the School of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University in 1988 and a Bachelor’s degree in U.S. social and economic history from Hampshire College in 1978.
Publications: Freedgood, Julia, Marisol Pierce-Quiñonez, Kenneth A. Meter. (2011). Emerging assessment tools to inform food system planning. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. Freedgood, Julia and Anelkis Royce. (2013). A Review of Food Policy Councils and Food System Plans That Support Farm and Food Security. Healthy Farms Healthy People Coalition. Planning for an Agricultural Future: A Guide for North Carolina Farmers and Local Governments.(2007)American Farmland Trust. Working to Preserve Farm, Forest and Ranch Lands: A Guide for Military Installations. (2006)U.S. Department of Defense. Urban and Agricultural Communities: Opportunities for Common Ground. (2002)Contributing author. Council for Agricultural Science and Technology
Other Publications: Freedgood has written, edited and produced numerous other publications, including Cost of Community Services Studies: Making the Case for Conservation, evaluating 15 years of COCS studies by AFT and others.
Past Assignments: Protecting Farmland to Ensure Sustainable Food Systems. CDC Food Systems Network. 2012 Farming for the Next Generation. Kentucky Ag Summit. 2012 Webinar series on Planning for Agriculture and Food Systems. AFT. 2012 21st Century Policies to Support Local Food. Cape May Forum. 2011
Kimberley E. Hodgson, AICP
Owner / Principal Consultant, Cultivating Healthy Places
Phone: (604) 876-1930
Work: Kimberley Hodgson, MURP, MS, AICP, RD is the founder and principal of Cultivating Healthy Places, an international consulting business specializing in community health, social equity and resilient food systems planning. As a certified planner and health professional, her work focuses on conducting policy-relevant research and providing technical assistance to the public and private sectors related to the design and development of healthy, sustainable places. Since founding Cultivating Healthy Places in 2012, Hodgson has provided guidance to the City of Lawrence and Douglas County, Kansas and the City of Vancouver, British Columbia on the development and implementation of local level policies to support and enhance the local food system; co-developed a community agriculture plan for an area in Delta, British Columbia; researched the management and productive reuse of vacant properties in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Cleveland for the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech; and conducted a healthy aging and built environment policy scan in Vancouver for the Centre for Hip Health & Mobility at the University of British Columbia. Hodgson is currently a co-investigator of a $3.96 million grant awarded to the University at Buffalo by the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Food Systems Program. The project, Growing Food Connections, will generate knowledge about the effectiveness of local and regional government policies in improving food security in underserved communities, strengthening the resilience of rural communities, and/or supporting the economic viability of food production, and will build the capacity of local and regional governments to adopt and implement these policies. As the former Senior Research Associate and Manager of the Planning and Community Health Research Center at the American Planning Association, Ms. Hodgson managed several national research projects and engaged in multiple outreach and education activities, which focused on the integration of community health issues into contemporary urban and regional planning practice. She was the principal investigator of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy Eating Research Program grant to identify and analyze municipal comprehensive and sustainability plans from across the United States that explicitly address food access and other food systems issues. She also served on multiple national advisory committees related to health and the built environment and provided expertise to the First Lady’s Childhood Obesity Prevention Task Force on food systems and food access. Prior to her work with APA, she assisted in the development of the City of Alexandria’s sustainability vision and plan, providing the City with expertise in community health, active living and food systems. She has also worked extensively in the research, development and implementation of a variety of food policy and nutrition programs targeting youth and young adults in New York City, Boston and Southwest Virginia—farm to school, school wellness policy, nutrition education, nutrition communication, and health promotion. Ms. Hodgson is a member of the Vancouver Food Policy Council (VFPC) and a steering committee member of the American Planning Association’s Food Interest Group.
Education: Virginia Tech, Department of Urban Affairs & Planning (Alexandria, VA), Master of Urban & Regional Planning, Specialization in Community Health and Planning New York University, Steinhardt School of Education (New York, NY), Dietetic Internship, Clinical and Community Dietetics Tufts University, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy (Boston, MA), Master of Science (MS), Food Policy & Applied Nutrition New York University, College of Arts & Science (New York, NY, Bachelor of Arts, French Civilization and Culture / Pre-Medicine
Publications: Healthy Aging & the Built Environment: Policy Scan in British Columbia, University of British Columbia, Centre for Hip Health & Mobility, January 2014 Philadelphia’s Vacant Property Journey: Fostering Collaborative Alliances with Converging Policy Reforms, Virginia Tech, Metropolitan Institute, September 2013 Planning for Food Access and Community-Based Food Systems: A National Scan and Evaluation of Local Comprehensive and Sustainability Plans, American Planning Association, November 2012 Delta Community-Based Farm District Planning Southlands as a Regionally Significant Model for Metro Vancouver, Century Group, October 2012 PAS Report 563 Urban Agriculture: Growing Healthy, Sustainable Places, American Planning Association, January 2011 PAS Report 559 Complete Streets: Best Policy and Implementation Practices, American Planning Association, 2010 Planning, “Where Food Planning and Health Intersect: Welcome to the next big trend”, American Planning Association, August/September 2009 Compendium of Model Sustainability Practices, June2008, “Health”, http://ecocity.ncr.vt.edu/docs/Compendium_ModelSustPractices_Health.pdf
Past Assignments: American Planning Association National Planning Conference, April 2012, “Building Local Capacity to Promote Food Access” Iowa Food Policy Council, March 2013, “Champions of Change: Establishing Healthy Food Access Through Community-Based Food Systems” Georgia Food Policy Council, March 2013, “Planning for Food Access & Community Based Food Systems” New Partners for Smart Growth, February 2013, Food Access Equity: From Policy to Action Planning Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Network, November 2012, "Food Systems Planning: A National Scan & Evaluation of Local Comprehensive & Sustainability Plans in the United States Keynote" City of Lawrence and Douglas County, Kansas, October 2012, Cultivating a Healthy Local Food Economy in Douglas County Workshop Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Symposium, April 2012, Urban Agriculture: It’s Not an Oxymoron. Policies for Cultivating City Land and Increasing Access to Local Food Denver Regional Council of Governments, March 2012, “Urban Agriculture and Food Systems Planning” American Planning Association, Audio/Web Conference, March 2012, “Urban Agriculture and Food Systems Planning” Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Healthy Eating Research Annual Meeting, February 2012, “Planning for Food Access” American Planning Association, National Planning Conference, April 2011, “Urban Agriculture: Growing Healthy, Sustainable Places” Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, August 2011 “Food Systems 101: Learning to Create Healthier Communities and Local Economies” Growing Power Farm Conference, September 2010, “Planners as Allies In the Community Food Movement: in the Past, in the Present, and Prospects for the Future” Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders Forum, “Growing Healthy, Sustainable Food Systems”, June 2010 The Funders Network for Smart Growth & Livable Communities, “Planning for Urban Agriculture”, March 2010 New Partners for Smart Growth, February 2010, “The Next Big Trend—Sustainability and the Food System” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, State Program Training, “Comprehensive Plans—Improving Community Policies to Support Physical Activity & Healthy Eating”, March 17, 2010 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, “Planning for Healthy, Sustainable Food and Water Systems”, November 2009 American Dietetic Association Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, “Transforming Food Environments”, October 2009 Community Food Security Coalition, Urban Agriculture Committee Meeting, “Snapshot of Urban Agriculture & Planning Practice: What are planners doing to promote or support urban agriculture and local food production across North America?”, September 2009 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Weight of the Nation, “Planning for Food Access”, July 2009 New Partners for Smart Growth, “Food Policy Councils: Catalysts for Integrating Food & Land Use Policy”, February 2009
Anna Ricklin, AICP
American Planning Association
Jill K. Clark
Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University