Encouraging Neighborhood Revitalization and Sustainability Through Urban Agriculture
Friday, October 19, 2018
9:45 a.m. - 11 a.m. EDT
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Community-based food systems can increase access to fresh, healthy food and help improve the viability of local farmers. Together these can improve quality of life, revitalize neighborhoods, put vacant lots to productive use, and generally promote long term sustainability in urban environments. However, farms in urban areas are often at risk due to many factors, from developmental pressures and high land costs, to lack of market infrastructure, to difficulty accessing capital. One panelist will discuss how to conduct a community food assessment to demonstrate the need for food systems planning and how to integrate this assessment and findings into comprehensive plans. The second panelist will discuss their local experience with community gardeners in Bridgeport and how they are fostering connections among food system advocates to aid in urban planning that considers the benefits of urban agriculture. The third panelist will discuss how people of color and low-income community members are often excluded from local government food-systems planning processes based on their research. The fourth panelist will provide specific examples of innovative, replicable tools and strategies to support local farmers and urban food producers, which planners and decision-makers can use in their communities.
Julia Freedgood, firstname.lastname@example.org