2018 National Planning Conference

Rethinking Food Systems Planning

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 4:15 p.m. - Saturday, April 13, 2019, 5:30 p.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198160

Location: 2004

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  • Find out how city and regional planners can engage with food systems leaders.
  • Learn ways to uncover the strengths, assets, and key stakeholders of the food system in your region.
  • Gain knowledge of food systems planning tools and best practices to apply in your community.


Planning an equitable, sustainable food system requires significant collaboration and cross-sector coordination. Urban and community/regional planners are well suited to analyze many components of the food system such as infrastructure, transportation, land-use policy, and the built environment. However, the food system touches much more than those components, and any holistic food systems planning efforts must also consider economic development, public health, and structural inequity. Hear Fellows from the Wallace Center Regional Food Economies share lessons learned from their work, as planners or with planners, that supports the development of a healthful, wholesome food system. These food systems leaders represent Austin, Texas; Orlando, Florida; the Triangle Area of North Carolina; Fairfield, Iowa; and California's Bay Area. Listen as they discuss their breadth and depth of experiences, from planning food systems in places ranging from dense urban cores to the rural heartland. Each discusses how they partner with different sectors to improve their region’s food economy, and they address how planners can play pivotal roles in catalyzing their local food system. The goal of this panel is to help planners reach across silos to enact lasting, transformational change.

This course is approved to offer 1.25 PDH|HSW (ASLA).

Session Speakers

Ellie Bomstein
Wallace Center at Winrock International
arlington, VA

Sibella Kraus
Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAGE)
Berkeley, CA

Elliott Smith
Go! Austin/Vamos! Austin (GAVA)

Luis R. Nieves-Ruiz, AICP
East Central Florida Regional Planning Council
Winter Park, FL

Tera Johnson
Food Finance Institute

Mike Ortosky
Orange County Economic Development Office
Hillsborough, NC