Growing Food Connections is using Podio (an online social networking forum) to link Communities of Opportunity and connect them with Communities of Innovation and members of the Growing Food Connections team.
The forum provides a venue for information sharing, learning and peer-to-peer dialogue, as well as an interactive database to share curriculum, support materials and other resources, including links to policies, plans, statistics and literature. The forum actively engages diverse stakeholders, including farmers, ranchers, planners, local governments, public health departments, regional councils, agricultural organizations, land grant universities and food policy councils by encouraging dialogue and the exchange of information, in order to create healthy, sustainable community-based food systems. Resources such as case studies, reports, policy briefs, planning documents and other publications related to policy and systems change strategies are available on the forum. The forum includes a networking work space, photography and video sharing, discussion forums and event listings.