Building Wealth in Our Health, Community and Economy:
Building Wealth in Our Health, Community and Economy: Developing a Local Food System in the Springfield Area January 2011 The Springfield Area Local Food Task Force History
Steering Committee: Spring 2009 Public Meeting: July 2009 Meetings/Assessment: July 2009 August 2010 Ken Meter Presentations: March 2010 and October 2010 The Springfield Area Local Food Task Force The goals of the Task Force are:
Conduct an assessment of the current food system Initiate dialogue about local food systems with key stakeholders in the area Write a comprehensive report providing recommendations to improve and strengthen local food systems
What is a Local Food System? Why Local Food Systems? Assessing the Springfield Area Local Food System
Group Meetings Farmer Focus Group Restaurant Survey Identified Existing Pertinent Programs & Initiatives Identified Barriers to Development
Identified Opportunities to develop the local food systems through current as well as new programs and initiatives Community Programs & Initiatives Farm-toAccess School to Community
Fresh Gardens Food Productio n Barriers to Development Limite d
Access to Fresh Food Infrastructu re Productio n
Moving Forward: Opportunities to Develop the Springfield Area Local Food System Establish a Local Food Policy Council
Evaluate Education Communicate Cooperate Shape Public Policy
Provide Support for Existing Programs Local Food Access Programs Farmers Market Nutrition Program Clients Springfield Urban League Lincoln Land Community College Farm-to-school Initiatives
Support Urban Agriculture Support community gardens and school gardens Urban land inventory Urban Agriculture Ordinances Honey & Egg ordinance Integrate Local Food
with Planning & Economic Development Incorporate local food and food security in: Comprehensive Plans Economic Development Plans Natural Hazard Plans Streamline Food Safety
Regulations Local Food & Farmers Market Food Safety Liaison: Build Relationships Consistent Voice Best Practices New Emerging Business Models Conduct and In-depth
Community Food Security Assessment Develop an Educational Guide for Restaurants Happy & Healthy Eating January 2011
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