1st Quarterly Open Forum, January 30, 2019

The first open forum of the year was a wonderful success. 

The forum opened with a brief introduction of our CoP and how to navigate the site by our leader, Kathleen Liang. 

Next, Kathleen and Katie reviewed the membership survey results. 

Q1. What was the initial reason you joined CLRFS?

In your own words:

Q1. Word Cloud

In general, people joined CLRFS for the networking and learning opportunities available through the eCoP. Some joined in hopes of finding research partners or funding opportunities. …

Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast (EFSNE) project supply chain case studies

EFSNE researchers at Cornell University have analyzed where Northeast supermarkets source the foods they sell to their low-income customers. These case studies offer policymakers a better understanding of how regional food systems could bring healthier food to low-income people in the Northeast, and are the first of their kind to be conducted in the region.

 

BALTIMORE STORE 1, MARYLAND

BALTIMORE STORE 2, MARYLAND

CHARLESTON STORE, WEST VIRGINIA

KENT COUNTY STORE 1, DELAWARE

KENT COUNTY STORE 2, DELAWARE

MADISON COUNTY STORE,

Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast (EFSNE) project research briefs

The Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast (EFSNE) project’s research briefs distill peer-reviewed journal articles authored by one or more project team members into 2-4 page general-audience documents. Briefs describe the issue(s) addressed by a particular research paper, outline the study’s objectives, methods, and findings, and discuss the implications and applications of the findings. 

 

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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,

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 …

Evaluation of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Rebate Program in Wisconsin

By Christie Balch, Crossroads Community Food Network

Introduction

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a direct marketing strategy for small-scale vegetable farmers.  In this arrangement, customers typically purchase a share in advance, committing to the farm for that season and helping to cover the initial annual costs of the farm operation.  In return, members receive a share of the farm’s produce each week during the growing season.  Normally, both the bounty and the risks are shared between the farmer and the