A Shared Initiative Common Goals & Compromises
**Important Disclaimer** This presentation is ONLY for communities and individuals who have daily involvement with food systems!
Wild Industrial Local What do these words mean to you? Sustainable Organic Fair Regenerative Conventional
Report Recommendations: Campaign to promote local food Funding guide for local growers Food regional food processing analysis and strategy Local grower training
What’s Happening in the Arrowhead?General Community33% of participants reported that they are not able to afford healthy food optionsAEOA Senior Clients37% of participants reported they were not able to afford enough food to eat37% of participants reported they were not able to afford the food they wanted to eat December 2018 Community Needs Assessment
Future of Arrowhead Grown • Directory of Local Food • Collaboration in Region • Increased Farmer Support • More Consumer Awareness • Signs for Grocery Stores/Corner Stores Selling Local Food • …and more!
Little Free Pantries Healthcare – Churches – Library - College
Essentia Health’s Role • Focus on Social Determinants of Health • Strong local food systems improve health “Today a person’s zip code is a stronger determinant of health than their genetic code.” - Karen DeSalco, Assistant Secretary for Health
Mission: The Northland Food Network supports regional food production, access, and education to improve the health and resiliency of the Northland’s people, economy, and environment. • GOAL: PRODUCE AND CONSUME 25% LOCAL FOOD BY 2025 • Action steps • Improve Access to Capital • Create a regional Vision • Encourage More producers • Increase Farm-To-School • Impact Legislation Grown out of the Minnesota Food Charter. For more info, contact Betsy Johnson email@example.com Brian Bluhm firstname.lastname@example.org
Who in your network is interested in: Physical Health Economic Development Environmental Health Community Spaces/Community Building Agricultural Education
What areas can you support? Buy Local • Farmers Markets • CSA • Local cooperative Grow Local • Community Gardens • Gardening Resources Sell Local • It’s easier than you think! • …and encourage institutions to purchase local food (and support those that do!) • Schools • Hospitals • Restaurants + provide education to your community around buying, growing, preparing, and selling local food.
THANK YOU • Kelsey Gantzer, Rutabaga Project Manager • Kelsey.Gantzer@aeoa.org • 218-404-8466 • FIND US ON FACEBOOK: • The Rutabaga Project