Community Food Systems Program (formerly Ag Urbanism Toolkit)
The Community Food Systems Program is led by ISU’s Community Design Lab in partnership with the ISU Extension and Outreach Local Foods Program, with funding from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. It incorporates a process that promotes public interest through engagement with community leaders, leading to a holistic design incorporating community values around food. We use community food systems design tactics to promote local food system revitalization in communities. The program has the potential to improve food security, create resilient communities, promote social equity, increase environmental diversity, and build financial sustainability for individuals and communities.
The Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit Booklet is a resource for communities to learn about community food systems design and the tactics used to develop local food systems. It can be used as a full book or portions can be downloaded for specific tactics. In the booklet you will find an overview of agricultural urbanism as a design strategy as well as a brief synopsis of the Community Food Systems Program design process and its role in local food system development. The booklet provides an overview of 19 tactics from small- to large-scale implementation of local food system opportunities, ranging from gardening to urban farming to food hubs. Each tactic describes the goal, community benefits, and community outcomes; it reveals best management practices nationally, as well as local practices from communities that have partnered in the Community Food Systems Program design process. https://store.extension.iastate.edu/Product/Agricultural-Urbanism-Toolkit
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