Mobile Workshop: Bus – Local Food and Urban Agriculture

APA Kansas Chapter


Thursday, October 6, 2016
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. CDT

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Mobile Workshop: Bus – Local Food and Urban Agriculture


Room: Meet at front of the Oread by revolving doors


Description: This session includes a tour of various types of local food production/urban agriculture that are currently occurring in Lawrence. The tour will end with a visit to Cottin’s Hardware indoor Farmers Market.  We will explore what on-the-ground food system planning efforts look like in Lawrence and Douglas County. We will discuss what food system planning means across Kansas, which is now home to over 10 food policy councils (with that number likely to double soon!). Here’s a preview of what’s happening:

Educational Themes:

-          Food systems planning: What does it mean for Douglas County and Kansas?

-          2016 Urban Agriculture Ordinance: How did it happen? What did it change?  

-          Community collaboration and the role of food policy councils in planning 

Elements of Tour:

-          2 hour tour of specific sites in Lawrence that demonstrate key examples of urban agriculture, the role of local government in our local food systems:

o   Former nursery in residential area rezoned to allow a mix of uses including limited manufacturing, warehouse, social services and crop agriculture to accommodate the Sunrise Green Project, a local non-profit.

o   Multiple sites and examples of city-owned land currently within community garden program

o   Visit to a commercial grower operating an Urban Farm within city limits

o   Farmers’ Market and background on current efforts to support local market viability and sustainability

o   Lawrence food deserts and transitional downtown loft corridor, including discussion of potential future grocery location.

o   Commercial corridor and role of chefs and restaurants to purchase locally



Helen Schnoes, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Helen Schnoes, AICP, is the Sustainability and Food Systems Planner for Douglas County, KS. Helen’s work to build a strong, healthy local food system has included facilitating public input for urban agriculture policy changes, supporting local food purchasing by area schools, and overseeing the City of Lawrence’s award-winning ... Read More

Mary Miller, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Mary Miller is a City / County Planner with Lawrence - Douglas County. She received her Masters in Urban Planning and her Bachelors in Environmental Studies from Kansas University. Her work in the Planning Office includes the review of both rural and urban applications. She was lead planner on the text amendment ... Read More