WHAT IS A COMMUNITY FOOD SYSTEM ASSESSMENT?
A collaborative and participatory process that systematically examines a broad range of community food issues and assets, so as to inform actions that the community, including the local government and institutions, can make to support a thriving local food economy that creates jobs and a safe, adequate food supply.
THE ULTIMATE GOAL: CREATE JOBS AND A SAFE, NUTRITIOUS FOOD SUPPLY FOR EVERYONE!
Research shows that more localized food systems create jobs, provide more people with greater access to fresher, more nutritious food, and open up entrepreneurship. Mr. Shuman’s report showed that local food could be the third largest job creator – creating 225 jobs just by “plugging the leaks”!
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH:
• Conducting surveys, community focus groups and interviews
• Identifying community food and farming resources
• Planning and facilitating meetings
• Producing reports and other materials for distribution
• Developing goals and action plans
• Farmers and gardeners to complete surveys
• More members to join work groups: Production, Consumption, Resources, and Community Outreach*
*Refer to Work Group Page for a description of the work groups and who to contact to get involved*