Webinars & Training Courses

Webinars facilitate sharing of information learned at the local level from our work with Communities of Innovation and Communities of Opportunity with a broad audience of government leaders and other food system stakeholders.

Community WebinarsWebinars are based on lessons learned from case studies in Communities of Innovation and Communities of Opportunity. The Growing Food Connections team is developing and launching a series of webinars for local elected officials, regional councils and other key stakeholders on how the case study communities developed and implemented a variety of partnerships, planning and policy strategies to strengthen their food systems.

 

 

Webinar 1: The Food Systems Planning Process: Understanding the Ups and Downs of the Journey

The webinar emphasizes stakeholder engagement and covers the impetus behind food systems plans, visioning and goal setting, assessments and the process of developing a plan to foster the visions and goals with diverse community stakeholders. Presenters share insights on how to ensure and fund implementation, and the timeline for completion.

Our presenters include Growing Food Connections Project Coordinator Jeanne Leccese of University at Buffalo and representatives from two Communities of Innovation: Cheryal Hills, Executive Director of the Region Five Development Commission (Minnesota); Helen Schnoes, Food Systems Coordinator for Douglas County (Kansas); and Eileen Horn, Sustainability Coordinator for Douglas County and the City of Lawrence (Kansas). Plans for each community are available: http://www.resilientregion.org/ (Region 5) and https://www.lawrenceks.org/pds/lr-H2020 (Douglas/Lawrence.)

 

Presentation Timeline:

  • Julia Freedgood (0:00 start)
  • Jeanne Leccese (3:06 start)
  • Helen Schnoes and Eileen Horn (23:23 start)
  • Cheryal Hills (1:04:15 start)

 

Webinar 2: Planning and Policy Techniques to Support Food Systems Planning

Developed especially for local government and community planners, the webinar will focus on planning and policy techniques that support the work of incorporating food systems into community planning. Presenters share insights incorporating food systems work into community planning and policy implementation.

Our presenters include Growing Food Connections Project Coordinator Jeanne Leccese of University at Buffalo, American Planning Association Managing Director of Research and Advisory Services David Rouse and a representative from a Community of Innovation: Tamara Downs Schwei, Homegrown Minneapolis Local Food Policy Coordinator.

Presentation Timeline:

  • Julia Freedgood (0:00 start)
  • Jeanne Leccese (1:46 start)
  • David Rouse (17:30 start)
  • Tamara Downs Schwei (40:55 start)

 

Webinar 3: Assessment  Tools and Metrics with Erica Campbell, Vermont Farm to Plate

Erica Campbell, Farm to Plate Network Director in Vermont, is our featured speaker on assessment tools and metrics for the third webinar in the GFC Communities of Opportunity webinar series. Vermont passed legislation in 2009 calling for increased economic development and jobs in the farm and food sector, and improved access to healthy local food for all Vermonters. Following the passing of this legislation, the Farm to Plate plan was developed to provide a roadmap and strategic plan for Vermont’s food system. To learn more about Erica and the Farm to Plate plan, please see the following websites: http://www.vtfarmtoplate.com/ and http://www.vsjf.org/who-we-are/staff.

Please note due to technical difficulties the first few minutes of the introduction by Julia Freedgood are not available in the recording.

Presentation Timeline:

  • Julia Freedgood (0:00 start)
  • Erica Campbell (1:28 start)