Engaged Opportunity Grants

Evaluating Local Impacts of Regional Food Systems Initiatives Workshop

Training community teams to evaluate the economic effectiveness of investing in local and regional food systems initiatives.

Launching local and regional food systems initiatives, such as food hubs and food processing facilities, involves an array of community partners. Farmers, processors, distributors, consumers, local legislators and extension professionals all work together to achieve their goals. This workshop trains teams of community members who are developing local food systems initiatives to assess the economic feasibility and effectiveness of their projects. The in-depth training is based on a toolkit produced by the United States Department of Agriculture–Agricultural Marketing Service and is tailored for New York audiences and the needs of community partners. Teams take a collaborative approach to developing plans to monitor and assess their food systems initiatives. Students attending the workshop are paired with the teams to boost their understanding of civic engagement and integrative learning.

Grant category: Other

The Team

  • Anu RangarajanSchool of Integrated Plant Science – Horticulture
    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Kathi Colen PeckSchool of Integrated Plant Science – Horticulture
    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Heidi Mouillesseaux-KunzmanDepartment of Development Sociology
    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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