Food System Planning - Deep Dive

APA Kansas Chapter


Thursday, October 19, 2017
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. CDT

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One Presentation Title: What is a Food System Plan? A look at an emerging plan type through a national scan and a case study of Lawrence and Douglas County.


The leaders behind the City of Lawrence and Douglas County Food System Plan, adopted summer 2017, will provide an overview of the plan’s structure and review the intentional community engagement steps taken in the creation process. The findings from a national scan of food plans will present key characteristics and differences within this emerging sub-field.

One Presentation Title: Defining Rural Food Deserts by Travel Behaviors: Case Studies in Kansas and North Dakota

The existing definitions of rural food deserts are based on analogies to urban environments rather than the reality of how people in rural areas travel to acquire food.  This study offers a definition of rural food deserts informed by the actual travel behaviors of rural populations.




Gregory Newmark

Invited Speaker

Title, Organization: Assistant Professor, Kansas State University Location: Manhattan, Kansas Biography: Gregory Newmark teaches Regional and Community Planning at K-State. His research focuses on the connection between transportation policy and travel behavior. Read More

Laurel Sears

Invited Speaker

Title, Organization: Recent Graduate, MUP / MA University of Kanas Location: Lawrence, KS Biography: Laurel is a graduate of the University of Kansas combined master's program in Geography and Urban Planning. Her master's work has included research on Food Systems development, sustainable land use and public engagement. She assisted ... Read More

Helen Schnoes

Invited Speaker

Title, Organization: Food Systems & Sustainability Planner, Douglas County, KS Location: Lawrence, KS Biography: Helen Schnoes currently works as Food Systems and Sustainability Planner for Douglas County, KS. From April 2015 to September 2017, Schnoes served as Food System Coordinator for Douglas County, supporting the Douglas County Food Policy Council to ... Read More

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