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Community Food Security Coalition Training workshops
June 22 Philadelphia, PA Food System Assessment
June 23 Philadelphia, PA Community Economic Development
July 10 Los Angeles, CA Food System Assessment
July 11 Los Angeles, CA Community Economic Development
September 21 East Troy, WI Food System Assessment
September 22 East Troy, WI Community Economic Development
Co-sponsors: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, Philabundance,
Occidental College Community Food Security Project
Descriptions of workshops
From Development to Sustainability: Building the capacity for community
This workshop is about building the capacity to develop economic ventures
from food security initiatives. The workshop will involve presentations,
discussions and small group working sessions. The workshop starts with a
general description of the processes of community economic development
within the context of food security efforts. There will be a discussion and
small group work on the steps to economic development capacity building,
analysis of markets for change, and tools for forming entrepreneurial
cooperatives and small businesses. The emphasis will be on practical methods
for addressing the sustainability of community economic ventures.
There will also be presentations from local food-related economic
development project representatives.
While this workshop builds on and extends the Food System Assessment
workshop activities, it is not a requirement to have attended that workshop
to fully participate in this event.
Presenter: Keith Prior is a consultant and analyst with the University of
California, Davis and the California Center for Community-School
Partnerships. In the 1960's he operated two small agricultural ventures in
the San Joaquin Valley of California. He has been involved in economic
development in California,
Washington, and Illinois on and off since 1966. Through the 1980's he
assisted in the development of several urban economic development ventures
and worked extensively in forming producer cooperatives and day care
COMMUNITY FOOD SYSTEM ASSESSMENT WORKSHOP
How food secure is your community? How would you go about finding out? This
workshop will provide you with the necessary tools to conduct a community
A community food assessment (CFA) can be described as a
community-based planning activity to identify resources, assess needs and
develop responses around community food security/food system concerns. It
is also a way to promote community participation in and control over food
through collaboration. The workshop will target people with community food
experience who are interested in strategic planning and food system
This one-day workshop covers the nuts-and-bolts to conducting a community
food assessment. Components will include:
. Understanding the concept, purposes and benefits of CFAs
. Planning / organizing the CFA - scale, duration, cost, resource and
. Building collaboration and community participation / input into the
. CFA indicators - types / categories
. Data collection - types, options, methods, sources
. Methodologies for collecting information - existing data, surveys,
focus groups, key informant interviews, etc.
. Process steps for promoting collaborative, selecting indicators,
determining needs, establishing
. Developing and prioritizing applications and follow-up responses
. Resources for additional information, funding, T&TA, etc.
Hugh Joseph has been doing community food programs for over two decades.
He is currently conducting a comprehensive community food assessment in
Somerville, Mass, and preparing the CFSC Guide to Community Food Assessment,
due out this summer.
Kami Pothukuchi is a faculty member of the urban planning program at Wayne
State University. She has participated in or completed community food
system assessments in Detroit and Madison. She is actively involved in food
systems program development in Detroit, including a youth community garden
which came about as a result of an in-depth community health
assessmentproject in Southwest Detroit. She has also finished a national
study of grocery supermarket development in inner-city neighborhoods,
another study that emerged from the Detroit assessment that found very few
full service supermarkets.
Andy Fisher, executive director of the Community Food Security Coalition.
He was co-author of the seminal 1993 study of the Los Angeles food
system, Seeds of Change, and is co-author of the upcoming CFSC guidebook on
food system assessment.
All workshops will start at 9 am and end at 4 pm. There will be a field
trip to a local community food project in the evening following the first
The Los Angeles workshop will take place at Johnson Student Center,
Occidental College in the Eagle Rock neighborhood. Fly into Burbank airport.
Shuttles to campus cost $26.
The Philadelphia workshop will be held at the offices of Philabundance at
3616 S Galloway Street.
The East Troy, WI workshop will be at Michael Fields Agricultural
Institute, W2493 County Rd., ES. Milwaukee airport is located 40 minutes
Maps and directions will be mailed out with registration confirmation
Los Angeles- Holiday Inn, 303 Cordova, Pasadena, 800-457-7940. Mention CFSC
when making reservations. Reserve rooms by June 10 to ensure rate of $79
single or double.
Philadelphia-- Please call our office for details or check our website.
Wisconsin- Alpine Valley Resort, County Highway D East Troy, 262-642-7374.
$56 single/ $68 double. Weekend rates: $70/$82. Book rooms by to
guarantee this rate.
What it includes
The registration fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch, refreshments,
and all materials. Non-members receive a one year membership in the CFSC,
which includes a discount on publications, workshops, and conferences, plus
a subscription to our quarterly newsletter, CFS News.
The one day registration fee for members is $65/ $115 for both days.
Non-members' pay $90 for one day/$150 for both days. The field trip is $10
extra. Fee waivers and reductions are available. Please contact our office
as early as possible for more information.
Send in your registration form with payment-either check made out to CFSC,
or with credit card information to CFSC, POB 209 Venice CA 90294, fax:
310-822-1440. You can also e-mail your registration to email@example.com.
Registration closes one week before each workshop. Space is limited, so
please don't delay.
For more information or any questions, please contact our office at
310-822-5410, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who Should attend
To ensure a quality experience for all participants, the Community Economic
Development workshop is open only to practitioners with a minimum of one
year experience engaged in a food-related economic development project. This
advanced level workshop is not open to those persons without such
The Food System Assessment workshop is open to all persons engaged in or
considering undertaking a food assessment in their community.
Policymakers/public sector representatives, students, activists, non-profit
representatives, and teachers are welcome.
What is the Community Food Security Coalition
The Community Food Security Coalition was formed in 1994 with the
overarching goal of promoting community-based solutions to the nation's food
and farming problems. It advocates on federal policy, provides training and
technical assistance to community groups, catalyzes policy and projects
nationwide, and serves as a hub for community-based efforts in the US and
For more information or to receive a brochure, please contact:
Venice CA 90294
community_garden maillist - email@example.com