13th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

February 13, 2014 – February 15, 2014 all-day

Members of the Growing Food Connections team will be presenting at the 13th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Denver, Colorado.

The title of the session is: Growing Food Connections for Sustainable Communities.

Urban and rural communities across the country are creating networks and connections to strengthen their food systems, in order to sustain local farms, improve access to healthy food and increase community prosperity. In this session, four practitioners will share promising examples of approaches and strategies, as well as specific planning and policy tools being used to cultivate food system transformation, focusing on the best illustrations of partnerships, programs and public investments. These include Greater Philadelphia, which has combined the goal to preserve working landscapes with the need to address food insecurity, and a geographic sampling of innovative communities identified through Growing Food Connections, a 5-year integrated research, education and extension initiative supported by USDA to build local government capacity to improve community food security while ensuring agricultural viability and sustainable food production. Finally, we will engage the audience to find out about other exciting initiatives taking place across the country.