On January 7th, 2012 we met to collect community input and action steps for our Community Resilience Transition Plan in the area of Local Food. Again, we agreed to divide the issue of resilient food into three categories: Sustainable, Community and Personal Agriculture. Our reasoning is included in the definitions:
Sustainable Agriculture: a sustainable local food system that is ecologically sound, just, and meets the needs of consumers. Proposed actions:
- Encourage trading between neighbors.
- Establish a local processing plant.
- Behavioral changes through education that create consumer demand for local, sustainable produce.
Community agriculture: food grown within walking distance and distributed with the help of local policies and social networks such that food is accessible to all. Proposed actions:
- Local food directory/newsletter.
- Northfield overall plan for local food. An example from Knoxville TN.
- Diversify local foods grown with varying ethnic backgrounds in mind. Agroecology.
Personal agriculture: what we can do as individuals and families. Proposed actions:
- Grow your own food. Save money doing it.
- How much to grow?
- And how big does the garden need to be?
- Eat seasonally (with suggested recipes).
- Identify vacant land that could be used to grow food. Urban agriculture.
- Community Gardens.