The Growing Food Connections Essential Food Systems Reader is a collection of published resources that explore local and regional level public policy challenges and opportunities related to the following issues:
- Community food production: efforts to grow, raise and harvest crops, raise animals, fish, hunt or forage food for human consumption in urban, suburban and rural areas
- Community food security: the state in which all members of a community have sufficient and adequate access to healthy, affordable and culturally acceptable food, particularly under-served residents in urban, suburban and rural areas
- Community food connections: the challenges and opportunities of simultaneously improving community food production viability and food security for under-served residents.
The Essential Food Systems Reader includes carefully selected professional reports and articles, books, peer-reviewed journal articles and other resources such as fact sheets, briefing papers and white papers from the American Planning Association, the American Farmland Trust, and other national membership organizations, federal agencies and non-profit organizations. Unlike traditional food systems bibliographies, the Essential Food Systems Reader focuses on resources related to public policy, and the role of the local or regional government in improving community food production and community food security. Collectively, the Essential Food Systems Reader provides a foundation of knowledge on these topics – a starting place for communities wishing to tackle these important issues.
This report identifies the challenges and opportunities of bringing a grocery store into low-income neighborhoods. The report presents various ideas to attract more businesses to open in these types of neighborhoods, and offers tools to help advocates …
Author(s): Unger, Serena, Laurison, Hannah, Fry, Christine
This guide provides a general overview of economic development and ideas for how to approach economic development agencies with healthy food retail proposals. It also provides a comprehensive overview of local, state, and federal economic development p …
Author(s): Fry, Christine, Levitt, Zoe, Ackerman, Amy, Burton Laurison, Hannah
This guide describes how to create a strong healthy small food retailer certification program that requires participating stores to increase the variety of healthy foods they sell, reduce the offerings of unhealthy foods, and proactively market healthy …
Author(s): Schmidt, Michele C., Kolodinsky, Jane M., DeSisto, Thomas P., Conte, Faye C.
This article reviews the development and outcomes of the Intervale Food Hub in Burlington, Vermont using a participatory action research approach. The authors suggest that the case study offers promising practices and limitations that could benefit the …
Author(s): Maine Farmland Trust
A helpful checklist that provides guidance on local government-level policies that support local farms. The checklist is a useful snapshot for farm-friendly policies.
This resource provides a model ordinance that requires food retailers, especially corner stores, to stock healthier products. The ordinance changes business licensing policies to require all food stores (not including restaurants) to carry a minimum se …
Author(s): Russell, Joel
This PAS Memo begins by setting the context for the local food movement and its relationship to planning and economic development, showing why local food is important and why its economic importance has been undervalued in the past. The PAS Memo descri …
Author(s): Pansing, Cynthia, Wasserman, Arlin, Fisk, John, Muldoon, Michelle, Kiraly, Stacia, Benjamin, Tavia
The first part of a three-part publication, this resource provides an overview of food sector research and practices in cities across North America. The resource assembles a body of research that cities can use to inform decision-making about where to …
Author(s): Haight, David, Held, Diane
This guide helps communities engage farmers and rural landowners in local planning efforts; assesses current town policies and their effectiveness; and provides a range of tools available to help New York towns and counties support local farms. The gui …
This guide provides a primer and introductory toolkit for planners and municipal officials in Connecticut on planning for agriculture. It outlines a broad range of tools and resources available to help local governments plan for agriculture. The guide …