Workshop Materials Available for “Growing the Local/Regional Food System” (Louisville, KY)

Posted on: March 2nd, 2015 by Brett Schwartz

Event Logo (2)On February 18-19, nearly 45 participants came together in snowy Louisville, KY for the workshop “Growing the Local / Regional Food System:  Strategies for Sustainable and Equitable Economic Development.”  Organized by the Environmental Finance Center Network (http://efcnetwork NULL.org/) and the NADO Research Foundation through the Sustainable Communities Learning Network (http://sclearningnetwork NULL.org/), this event highlighted strategies for building and strengthening the local and regional food system as a way to develop economic prosperity and create healthy, inclusive communities.

Session themes included boosting local food manufacturing entrepreneurship, filling gaps in distribution networks and processing/storage infrastructure, gathering and using food system data, ensuring that low-income workers can access new food system jobs, and increasing healthy food options in underserved areas.  The event also included opportunities for networking, as well as mobile tours to explore exciting food systems initiatives underway in Louisville, including a visit to Jefferson County Public School’s Central Kitchen, and a tour of food manufacturing and retail startups in Louisville’s Portland neighborhood, a formerly distressed area and food desert that is being revitalized into a hub for food business entrepreneurship and innovation.

This page contains materials from the event, including the agenda, background information, presentation slides, photos, and additional resources.

Around 45 participants came together in Louisville, KY for a day and a half of training, peer exchange, and tours to discuss strategies for building and strengthening equitable and inclusive food systems.

Around 45 participants came together in Louisville, KY for a day and a half of training, peer exchange, and tours to discuss strategies for building and strengthening equitable and inclusive food systems.


Background Materials:

Presentation Slides:

“Equity: The Key to Growing a Strong Economy and Sustainable Food System”
Amanda Navarro, PolicyLink

“Louisville’s Food Literacy and New Roots Projects”
Carol Gunderson, Food Literacy Project (click here (https://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/watch?v=qSIPVKyQ_RU)for project video)
Karyn Moskowitz, New Roots

“Spurring Food Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation” 
Brian Williams, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)
Rebeccah Schaffner, Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG)

“Promoting Economic Development and Equity with Food Policy Councils”
Nathan Rosenberg and Sasha Forbes, Natural Resources Defense Council 

“Building an Inclusive Regional Food Economy”
Cheryal Hills, Region 5 Development Commission; Arlene Jones, Sprout MN; Ellie Lucas, Hunger-Free MN  (click here (https://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/watch?v=EZ72rPKgOAw) for Choose Health video)

“Assessing the Regional Food System”
Bart Roberts, University at Buffalo Regional Institute
Debra Perry, Institute for Sustainable Communities

“Distribution & Infrastructure Roundtable:  Filling Gaps in the Food System”
Jill Jefferson, University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center (https://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/watch?v=Kq0Z5IoNckI) (video link)

Tours of local food projects underway in Louisville included a visit to the Portland neighborhood in West Louisville, the Jefferson County Public Schools Central Kitchen, and the People's Garden in the Shawnee neighborhood (pictured above), which contains 6,000 square feet of greenhouse space, a 1-acre market garden, a 20-member community garden, a large fruit orchard, and a children’s educational garden.

Tours of local food projects underway in Louisville included a visit to the Portland neighborhood in West Louisville, the Jefferson County Public Schools Central Kitchen, and the People’s Garden (http://www NULL.louisvillegrows NULL.org/what-we-do/urban-agriculture/the-peoples-garden/) in the Shawnee neighborhood (pictured above), which contains 6,000 square feet of greenhouse space, a 1-acre market garden, a 20-member community garden, a large fruit orchard, and a children’s educational garden.

Workshop and Tour Photos (https://www NULL.flickr NULL.com/photos/123944329 null@null N05/sets/72157650676144367/) (via Flickr) 

Additional Resources:

A commercial garden in the Portland neighborhood, in West Louisville.  The winter storm that hit prior to the workshop did not dampen the energy or spirit of the participants, who came from across the country to discuss local and regional food efforts.

A commercial garden in the Portland neighborhood, West Louisville. The winter storm that hit prior to the workshop did not dampen the energy or spirit of the participants, who came from across the country to discuss local and regional food efforts.

For more information about this event and NADO RF’s other capacity building activities as part of the Sustainable Communities Learning Network, please contact NADO Research Foundation Program Manager Brett Schwartz (bschwartz null@null nado NULL.org).

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