On-Demand Learning: Food Systems Planning

Food systems planning was a hot topic at APA’s 2016 National Planning Conference.

But what exactly is food systems planning? How do other initiatives, like urban agriculture, fit in? And how can planners apply lessons from others to their communities?

Three conference sessions, now available on demand, addressed various issues and considerations when planning for local food systems. All three offer CM credit.

As a bonus, everyone who registered for NPC 16 has free access to these, and more than 160 other conference session recordings, through June 30, 2017.

Sweet green bell peppers for sale at the Wicker Park Farmers Market in Chicago. Photo by Kelly Wilson.

Urban Agriculture and Food Systems Planning

So you want to cultivate greater food access in your municipality — great! But how do you do it? Learn how to link elements of a successful food system — urban agriculture, transportation access, green markets, and more — as well as how to root out potential land use conflicts.

Volunteers at the Beacon Food Forest in Seattle. Photo by Sandy Pernitz.

Partnerships for Healthy Communities and Resilient Food Systems

Say your municipality is fully on board with implementing new and innovative approaches towards food systems. Who can you partner with to make your vision a reality, and how can your community support it? Learn from three experts in the field how they utilized community partnerships to implement a food systems initiative that increased access to healthy food for all residents.



San Francisco Farmers Market. Photo by Flickr user Chris Schrier (CC-BY-ND 2.0).

Ethics and Food Systems Planning

Food systems affect all people — how do you make sure they all have a seat at the table? People have different food preferences — is this being considered? This conference session examines the ethical considerations raised by food systems planning and how to best address them.

About the Author

Dustin Calliari is APA's content marketing coordinator.

Top image: Colorful fruits and vegetables for sale at Pike Place Market in Seattle. Photo by Joe Szurszewski

July 28, 2016

By Dustin Calliari