Read the literature. Pick a task force team. Contact the leader!
Task Force Leader, Local Food Sales: TRICIA PHELPS, Operations Director, Taste the Local Difference®, firstname.lastname@example.org
This team is working on direct and indirect sales by famers. Tricia sees moving more farmers to indirect sales as the way to build local agriculture and is also interested in identifying untapped consumer bases. For her 2016-17 project, she is leaning toward a northwest Michigan ag census…because the USDA ag census just doesn’t measure what we need to know in our region. Tricia is looking for an economist-type to add to her team in order to make sure the local ag census measures are valid, etc. In particular, she wants to learn more about whether local food sales are providing a living wage or having other impacts on farmers.
Task Force Leader, Farm to Institution: KELLY LIVELY, Institutional Partnership Development and Food Policy, Cherry Capital Foods, email@example.com
At the February 2016 summit, this team identified the following SMART goals:
Healthcare/Hospitals, More Engagement; Talk to a McLaren rep or several about buying/using local food; 3 representatives/3 meetings; by next Feb (2017)
At least one hospital in region: Munson Healthcare; Local food gets on trays/cafeteria menu; 3 food items are regular orders; by Sept 2016
Fair Share / worksite CSA; Find 1 group small employers; Find 1 large employer to launch/offer a CSA (possibly Munson or downtown TC/Chamber); by Feb 2017
Task Force Leader, Agri-Business Generation: ROD ROBINSON, Co-owner, Eaton B. Goode, firstname.lastname@example.org
This team focuses on building local production and processing capacity–both new and existing.
Task Force Leader, Food Access: MEGHAN MCDERMOTT, Food and Farming Policy Specialist, Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities, email@example.com
This team will be doing several “healthful food for all” projects in 2016-17 and applying for mini-grant funds–probably for four or five projects. Members of the groups include a food pantry, a farmers market, Food Rescue, Healthy Harvest (gleaning), Grow Benzie, and more.
Task Force Leader, Farmland Resources: BRIAN BOURDAGES, Program Manager, Tamarack Holdings, firstname.lastname@example.org
Members of this team include representatives from land conservancies, a lawyer, a financial institution, and an ag educator. Brian is leaning toward setting up a Farmlink-type program to identify resources needed for new and existing farmers and what’s happening with farmland. He also wants to support rigorous succession planning workshops–such as the 2-day workshop at the MSU horticulture station.