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Local Foods Local Places Outreach

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14 Aug 2020


Agri-business, Agriculture, Local Foods, Local Places

YCDC Project Update

Lisa Hurley, Executive Director

In late 2019, YCDC applied for and received a technical assistance grant for a Local Foods, Local Places initiative. The committee started a little late when COVID19 hit the USA, and we are now moving full steam to bring in community members now. Unfortunately, our federal partners are unable to travel to York, which is why all meetings are being held virtually.

You must sign up for the meetings here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YorkNE-LFLP-Register, so you can be emailed the link to join the meetings you can.

Virtual Workshop Agenda Overview (all times shown are in Central Time)

Public Event – Wednesday, Aug 26

Session 1 – Vision, Value, and Goals:  5:30 – 7:00 PM (90 min)

DAY 1 – Thursday, Aug 27

Session 2 - Case Stories Sharing: Peer Communities 10:00 – 11:30 AM (90 min)

Session 3 - Small Group Exercises 1:30 – 3:00 PM (90 min)

Session 4 - Action Brainstorming 4:00 – 5:00 PM (60 min)

DAY 2 – Friday, Aug 28

Session 5 - Action Prioritization 10:00 – 11:00 AM (60 min)

Session 6 - Action Detailing 2:00 – 4:00 PM (120 min)

Session 7 – Wrap-Up Session 5:30 – 7:00 PM (90 min)

Local Foods, Local Places helps cities and towns across the country protect the environment and human health by engaging with local partners to reinvest in existing neighborhoods as they develop local food systems. In 2019, the program is sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Northern Border Regional Commission. This technical assistance program is designed to help communities nationwide who are looking to capitalize on the growing demand for local foods to:

  • Boost economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses, and foster entrepreneurship.
  • Improve access to healthy, local food, particularly among disadvantaged groups with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Revitalize downtowns, main street districts, and traditional neighborhoods by supporting farmers markets, food hubs, community gardens, community kitchens, and other kinds of local food enterprises, and by providing people with safe, easy ways to reach those amenities, such as walking, biking, or taking transit.

To learn more information, please check out our website at https://www.yorkdevco.com/local-foods-local-places. We have also set up a Facebook Event that you can follow for more information.