We all know that food is a basic need, and planners have an important role to play. The time is ripe for the food system to become less of a stranger to the planning field.
Interest in urban agriculture is rising steadily in the United States and Canada. While older, industrial cities such as Cleveland, Detroit, and Buffalo, with their drastic loss of population and their acres of vacant land, are emerging as centers for urban agriculture initiatives, backyard and community gardens in places big and small have become important symbols of the local food movement.
Because urban agriculture entails the use of urban land, planners are increasingly on the front lines of the discussion about how best to craft policies and programs to support growing food while being mindful of the interests of residents living near these projects. This PAS Report provides authoritative guidance for planners dealing with the implications of this cutting-edge practice.
APA Division Newsletter Articles
The Divisions Council challenged each Division to produce an article in their newsletter on an aspect of Food Systems Planning from their unique perspective. The following represent an array of perspectives on the subject from the Divisions.
The Planning and Community Health Center is one of APA's three National Centers for Planning. The center is dedicated to strengthening the connection between urban planning and community health in the U.S. It engages in collaborative, multidisciplinary research; education and outreach activities; and policy development work aimed at addressing today's pressing health issues (such social inequities, physical inactivity, poor food access) through city and regional planning. For more information visit the Planning and Community Health Research Center's work related to food system planning.
APA Food System Planning Brochure
This PDF brochure provides an overview of APA's resources, publications, and activities related to food system planning.
APA's Food Interest Group
APA's Food Interest Group (FIG) is a coalition of APA members interested in or actively engaged in food system planning at the local, regional, state, or national level.
Food System Writing Competition Winners
Zsuzsi Fodor and Benjamin W. Chrisinger are the 2011 winners of the Environment, Natural Resources, and Energy Division scholarships. Both students were recognized during the 2011 APA National Planning Conference in Boston.
Zsuzsi Fodor, University of British Columbia
People Systems in Support of Food Systems: The Neighbourhood Food Network Movement in Vancouver, Canada
Benjamin W. Chrisinger, University of Virginia School of Architecture
Planning Functions of Community Food Projects
Planning Rooted in Community: Securing Land Tenure for Community Gardens