Regional Food Systems Plan

We’re so excited to announce the launch of the first phase of the development of West Central Minnesota’s first ever food systems plan. To kick things off, we’d like to map out exactly what’s going on and where so that we can get a sense of the amazing, innovative projects, people, resources, and infrastructure that makes this region a great place to start a farm, a food business, to access healthy foods, to scale a business, and more.

We’ll be conducting three asset mapping sessions during November and December, and wrap things up with a short Lunch and Learn chat to share what we’ve learned and give folks another opportunity to provide feedback. Choose a date below that works best for your schedule!

Asset Mapping Key dates:
Session 1: Wednesday, November 30th, 9:00 AM Register
Session 2: Saturday, December 3rd, 10:00 AM Register
Session 3: Tuesday, December 2nd, 6:30 PM Register
Lunch ‘n Learn Recap: Tuesday, December 20th, 12:00 PM Register

What is a food system plan?

A food systems plan is a long-range planning document that lays out a
community’s vision for its growth. Planning brings structure and
strategy to local food systems growth, and helps align policies, such as
ordinances, zoning, and incentives to support the local food system.

What is asset mapping?

Asset mapping is a systematic process of cataloging key services, benefits, and
resources within the community, such as individuals’ skill sets, organizational
resources, physical space, institutions, associations, and elements of the local
economy. This will also help us identify what’s missing.

How will the information be used?

Information collected from all three sessions will be aggregated to paint the full
picture of what kinds of resources are currently in place to support a resilient food
system. Findings from the sessions will be included in the final draft of the regional
food systems plan.

Events

Asset Mapping Key dates:
Session 1: Wednesday, November 30th, 9:00 AM Register
Session 2: Saturday, December 3rd, 10:00 AM Register
Session 3: Tuesday, December 2nd, 6:30 PM Register
Lunch ‘n Learn Recap: Tuesday, December 20th, 12:00 PM Register

Leadership Team

Emily Reno – Project lead & facilitator, Creating Community Consulting
Patrick Hollister – Active Living Planner, PartnerSHIP 4 Health
Jason Bergstrand – Manager, PartnerSHIP 4 Health
Mike Zastoupil – Agricultural & Food Systems Planner, Minnesota Department of Agriculture                                                                                                      Kate Mudge – West Central Initiative Foundation                                                    Annabelle Scafe – Center for Small Towns, UMN Morris