Survey of Extension's Role in Urban Agriculture Results

By Lucy Diekmann, Julie Dawson, Jacqueline Kowalski, Brian Raison, Marcia Ostrom, Rob Bennaton, and Connie Fisk

May 2016 • Community, Local & Regional Food Systems (CLRFS) Community of Practice

Extension educators throughout the country are involved in work focused on urban agriculture. To date, however, few if any studies have been completed that examine the scope and extent of that work. In 2015, the eXtension Community, Local and Regional Food Systems (CLRFS) Community of Practice conducted a national survey aimed …

2014 CLRFS Food Security Conference and CoP Gathering

The eXtension Community, Local & Regional Food Systems (CLRFS) Community of Practice (CoP) hosted a Food Security Conference September 29 – October 1, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio, entitled Building Extension Capacity to Address Community Food Security through Food Systems.  The conference aimed to address critical issues for Extension Educators, University researchers, and community based practitioners  in community food systems work, and explored how these issues influence the application of Extension work to alleviating food insecurity.

Sessions included:

* Tour …

CLRFS Food Security Conference – Related Publication

The following publications were created based on information presented and/or developed in conjunction with the 2014 CLRFS Food Security Conference.

Thinking ‘Outside the Box’ for Justice-Centered Food Security Work: Considerations for Cooperative Extension

By:

Heather Hyden,Department of Community, Leadership and Development, University of Kentucky
Shorlette Ammons,Center for Environmental Farming Systems Small Farms Unit, North Carolina A&T State University, 
Jannety Mosley,Cooperative Extension Program,North Carolina A&T State University

 

Introduction

The aim of this article is to discuss major takeaways from the 2014 Community, Local and Regional Food System (CLRFS) Extension Community of Practice (eCoP) Food Security Conference centered on addressing the root causes of food insecurity such as institutional racism, income inequality and the exclusion …

Implementing Equity in our Food Systems Work: Considerations for Cooperative Extension

By:

Jannety Mosley,Cooperative Extension Program,North Carolina A&T State University
Shorlette Ammons,Center for Environmental Farming Systems Small Farms Unit, North Carolina A&T State University, 
Heather Hyden,Department of Community, Leadership and Development, University of Kentucky

 

Introduction

The 2014 CLRFS CoP Food Security Conference was focused on the question, “How do Land Grant Universities (LGUs) and Cooperative Extension address issues of racial equity and food insecurity?” In this article we will provide LGU and Cooperative Extension Educators (CEEs) seeking ways to frame the …

A Useful Framework for Planning Comprehensive Social Media Initiatives for Food Systems Projects

By:

Sarah Misyak, Virginia Tech, Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise
Meredith Ledlie Johnson, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Family Nutrition Program
Austin Brooks, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Family Nutrition Program,
Mary McFerren, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Family Nutrition Program,
Elena Serrano
, Virginia Tech, Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise

 

Abstract

There is a growing interest in Extension to use social media to increase awareness and support changes within local food systems. In this article, we present an example of the …

Choosing Wholesale Markets for Local Food Products

Authors:

  • Dave Lamie, Clemson University
  • Matt Ernst, University of Kentucky, Dept. of Agricultural Economics
  • Tim Woods, University of Kentucky, Dept. of Agricultural Economics
  • Gary Bullen, North Carolina State University, Cooperative Extension
  • Blake Lanford, Clemson University, Cooperative Extension

Introduction

Enterprising producers may find market opportunities in selling local food products, as some evidence indicates sustained market growth for local food. This publication will outline the main types of higher-volume (wholesale) market opportunities for local foods, including restaurants, food hubs, co-ops, groceries,

Hungry for Change: Partnering with Small Food Retailers to Increase Healthy Food Access

By Kara Lubischer, University of Missouri Extension and Kay Gasen, University of Missouri – St. Louis

 For many Americans, buying healthy foods is as simple as driving a short distance or walking a few blocks to the neighborhood grocery store. For others, especially those in low-income communities, accessing a food retailer with healthful food choices is not so easy. Without supermarkets nearby, residents are dependent on corner stores, gas stations or convenience stores that often lack fresh fruits and