Thursday, May 16
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific / 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Baltimore offers an important example of a city that has successfully implemented an inter-governmental initiative to increase access to healthy and affordable foods in underserved neighborhoods.
This webinar offers an in-depth exploration of Baltimore’s healthy food retail programs and accomplishments including its virtual supermarket program, the financing of two recent healthy food markets, and a just released study mapping food quality in Baltimore food markets.
- Laura Fox, Director, Baltimore Office of Chronic Disease Prevention
- Amanda Behren’s, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future Maryland – Food System Mapping Project
- Dana Johnson, Market Leader Baltimore, The Reinvestment Fund
- Patricia Smith, Senior Policy Advisory, The Reinvestment Fund
Thursday, May 16, 3:30 – 4:45pm ET
But how do you start a food hub?
This webinar brings together the stories of the formation and first year of three different, successful food hubs. Our presenters are all founders of their hubs. They will share some of the best decisions they made … and some of the worst. What types of contacts did they feel really helped their business to thrive? How much money did they need, and how did they get it? Why did they choose their incorporation status? And more…
- Sandi Kronick – Eastern Carolina Organics
- Chris Hartman – Good Food Collective-Head Water Foods, Inc
- Jim Crawford – Tuscarora Organic Growers Cooperative
The Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems and the Union of Concerned Scientists cordially invite you to a public webinar
Monday, May 20th – from 3:00 to 4:30 pm EST
Brief Summary – To address the current state and future direction of economic analysis with regard to local and regional food systems, Michigan State University’s Center for Regional Food Systems and the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Food & Environment Program convened a meeting of a group of economists and local food researchers on January 31 and February 1, 2013. This webinar will provide a brief synopsis of the meeting outcomes, with a focus on questions one should consider when conducting or commissioning a study on the economic impacts of local and regional food systems. There will be adequate opportunity for participants to weigh in with comments and questions to continue to inform the discussion on future economic impact studies of local and regional food commerce.
To get on the webinar, go to: https://connect.msu.edu/
The webinar will be recorded for those who are not able to participate on May 20th. For additional information please contact:
Rich Pirog – Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems –firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff O’Hara – Union of Concerned Scientists – email@example.com
Thursday, May 30
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific / 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern
This webinar will provide an overview of the “Find Money” section of the Healthy Food Retail Portal and provide examples of specific federal, state, and local resources that can be tapped to create or expand healthy food retail opportunities in underserved communities.
- Pamela Porter, Executive Vice President, Strategic Consulting, Opportunity Finance Network
- Christine Fry, Senior Policy Analyst and Program Director, ChangeLab Solutions
- Khanh Nguyen, Portfolio Director – Healthy Living, The Colorado Health Foundation
- Patricia Smith, Senior Policy Advisor, The Reinvestment Fund
While the scale of this program is tiny, it’s interesting to see the direction that “local food” funding is taking, south of the border. The USDA / National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s COMMUNITY FOOD PROJECTS COMPETITIVE GRANTS PROGRAM was recently announced, keep reading