- Assessment/Mapping: Identifying the key elements found in specific geographic areas that create a vibrant and sustainable regional food system.
- Community Capacity-Building: Working with leaders and food businesses in specific geographic areas and/or communities to identify and support the key elements that are not yet well developed.
- Evaluation: Helping to identify and measure key indicators that determine whether there is positive change in the regional food system as a result of projects or programs.
- Professional Development/Training: Developing and implementing a process for continuous learning across Iowa about what it takes to make a regional food system more vibrant and sustainable.
What is a Regional Food System
A regional food system supports long-term connections between farmers and consumers while helping to meet the health, social, economic and environmental needs of communities within that region. Producers and markets are linked via efficient infrastructures that:
- promote environmental health;
- provide competitive advantages to producers, processors and retailers;
- encourage identification with a region’s culture, history and ecology; and
- share risks and rewards equitably among all partners in the system.
RFSWG Steering Committee: