From Sustainable Foods to Sustainable Communities: Stories from the Northeast Region

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 -
2:30pm to 5:00pm EDT
Philanthropy New York, 79 Fifth Ave., 4th floor, NYC
Philanthropy New York, 79 Fifth Ave., 4th floor, NYC
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Part of Philanthropy New York's Environmental Issues series, presented with Environmental Grantmakers Association.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: All interested funders.

The food system in the U.S. is going through significant shifts, with increased demand for and awareness of local and healthy foods. There are many examples of local innovations, from urban agriculture to institutional food procurement to land use planning. However, many of these efforts tend to be "hyperlocal" and need to be connected to regional systems and understood in the context of national policies like the Farm Bill, even as the work matures. The transition to sustainable food systems also requires innovative and adequate financing and timely incentives for catalyzing public-private-community partnerships.

This event will look at the Philadelphia and New York regions as examples of where the "local food movement" is "graduating" to the next level, though in different ways. Innovative public-private-community partnerships are tying together rural, urban, and suburban communities.  New actors include a short but growing list of regional planning organizations that address the related issues of health, jobs, and economic development, social equity, and urban and regional planning through food and farming, even though some started their food work relatively recently and came to it indirectly.


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