Healthy Food Systems

Advancing Healthy, Equitable Food Systems

Building Capacity, Partnerships and Resources

Wednesday, February 12, 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM – Capitol Ballroom

Accredited by: PDH 4.5

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Across the country, how and where food is produced, processed, distributed and accessed has implications for the health and livelihood of residents, regardless of where they live.  Accordingly, food systems have become increasingly important to the smart growth movement, as rural to urban communities and regions reflect on development and plan for their future.

2012---Golden-Light-at-Denver-Green-School-(Phil-Silberman)This half-day workshop will explore local and regional food systems through the lens of smart growth.  Learn more about building the capacity of local governments to engage in food system development, including strategies for environmental and policy change at the local and regional level.  Representatives from community organizations, planners, local elected officials and businesses will share how they’re forging partnerships and identifying resources to increase access to healthy, affordable food for all while also creating economic opportunities and promoting responsible land use.  Take away inspiration from innovative models and practical guidance about the process, tools, funding, resources and, ultimately, implementation that can support work in your own communities.

Please note:  Pre-registration and a $35 fee are required. Afternoon coffee and a networking reception are included.

Ollin-Farms-LongmontCOTomorrow’s Tour:  Visit some of these Colorado projects during the conference’s optional food systems tour on Thursday morning (Tour 5, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM).

harrison-urban-gardenThis workshop is made possible by the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, through funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Food & Community program, and additional support by LiveWell Colorado and the Local Government Commission.

Wednesday – Workshop Program
1:00 PM – 1:40 PM Workshop Welcome and Setting the StageThe workshop will kick off with commentary on connections between smart growth and food systems.  What does this mean for urban and rural communities?  In working toward more healthy, equitable food systems, what have we done well and what can we do better?

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Workshop MC

Laura Goddeeris, Specialist, Center for Regional Food Systems, Michigan State University

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Speakers

Cynthia Pansing, CEO and Principal Partner of Changing Tastes

1:50 PM – 3:05 PM Breakout Sessions 1 – Changing Food Systems: A Behind-the-Scenes Look

Participants will select from three concurrent conversations about successes and challenges in developing more equitable food systems.  In these facilitated discussions, featured speakers will offer perspectives on their experiences fostering economic opportunities and community development through “good food”  production, processing, distribution and access.  Hear how relationships, resources and roadblocks have impacted these efforts, and what lessons can be applied to other communities.

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A.  Distribution and Infrastructure Promoting Good Food Access for All

Moderator

Kris Smith, Director of Leadership Development, The Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities

Speakers

Coby Gould, Executive Director, The GrowHaus

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Haile Johnston, Co-Founder and Director, Common Market

B. What’s Really Going On: Issues of Social Justice within Our Food System

Moderator

Jim Dyer, Healthy Community Food Systems

Speakers

Susan Whitfield, Project Manager, No More Empty Pots

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Terrie Bad Hand, Co-Director, Taos County Community Economic Development Corporation

Pati Martinson, Co-Director, Taos County Community Economic Development Corporation

C. Cultivating New Opportunities and Community Economic Development

Moderator

Allison Hagey, Senior Program Associate, PolicyLink

Speakers

Harry Rhodes, Executive Director, Growing Home Chicago

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Fred Daniels, Urban Farms Assistant and Crew Leader, Growing Home Chicago

Vicki Pozzebon, Founder and Director, Delicious New Mexico; Principal Partner, Prospera Partners

3:20 PM – 4:35 PM Breakout Sessions 2 –  Promising Practices

A second round of concurrent sessions will feature planners, policymakers and practitioners highlighting strategies that enhance success.  Participants will choose from sessions that emphasize food system planning and assessment, institutionalization and policy change, and evaluation and metrics.

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A.  Food System Planning and Assessment

Moderator

Lindsay Ex, Senior Environmental Planner, City of Fort Collins, CO

Speakers

Theresa M. Zawacki, Executive Administrator for Brownfields and Local Food Initiatives, Louisville Metro Government Department of Economic Growth and Innovation

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Brian Williams, Agriculture Specialist, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission

B.  The Role of Cities in Leading Food System Change

Moderator

Crystal Swann, Assistant Executive Director, U.S. Conference of Mayors

Speakers

Paul Soglin, Mayor, City of Madison, WI

Paula Daniels, Senior Advisor, Food Policy and Special Projects in Water, Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles

C. Is Anyone Better Off? A Conversation about Food System Outcomes, Indicators and Metrics

Moderator

Julia Freedgood, Assistant Vice President of Programs, American Farmland Trust

Speakers

Ellen Kahler, Executive Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

Martha Sullins, Extension Specialist, Colorado State University

4:45 PM – 5:30 PM Closing Plenary.  Making It Happen

Following a series of conversations about smart growth opportunities through healthy, equitable food systems, the closing plenary will connect participants with financial tools and resources available to support their ideas.  Learn about the availability and impacts of public, private and philanthropic investments.

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Speakers

Elanor Starmer, National Coordinator for Local and Regional Food Systems, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Judith Bell, President, PolicyLink

Bridget Dobrowski, Program Manager, Sustainable Agriculture and Food System Funders

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Networking Reception – Capitol Ballroom Foyer

Continue your conversations with colleagues new and old at a reception after the workshop.  Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available to workshop participants in the hotel foyer.

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Conference Program

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The main Conference Program will span three full days with optional pre-conference events scheduled for Wednesday, February 12, and Sunday, February 16.

Equitable Development

Healthy Food Systems

Networking Activities

Special Features