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File #: 180257.    Version: Name: Food Policy, Food Economy and Urban Agriculture
Type: Discussion Item Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 8/3/2018 In control: City Commission
On agenda: Final action: 4/8/2021
Title: Local Food System Action Plan - Key Project Updates and Discussion (NB)
Local Food System Action Plan - Key Project Updates and Discussion (NB)


On 12/3/2020 the City Commission approved to host and participate in a workshop on January 12, 2021 to hear staff present and update on the Local Food System Action Plan, and to engage in a discussion with staff around next steps. The topics discussed in this workshop, including possible projects that the City Commission may consider investing in to improve our local food system, included recommendations and feedback shared with staff by city neighbors over the past two years. The workshop presentation was also informed by the motion passed at the Joint City/County Commission meeting on 12/15/2020 when item #200604 “Collaborative Community Food Projects” was presented by City Commissioner Johnson and County Commissioner Prizzia.

The discussion around the Local Food System Action Plan and potential projects continued at the 2/25/2021 General Policy Committee meeting, at which time a motion passed detailing direction for staff to work on a Community Grocery Store Initiative. This initiative, as well as others passed in the 12/15/2020 joint City/County motion continued to be discussed on 3/29/2021 at a Joint City/County meeting. During the 3/29/2021 Joint City/County meeting a motion was passed that called for the formation of a Joint City/County subcommittee that will focus on collaborative community food projects.

As staff will participate in the subcommittee to develop plans for next steps for these collaborative community food projects, creating a process for community engagement will be a key area of focus. As noted in the 2/25/2021 GPC meeting, partnering with local organizations and community members currently engaging in community-driven efforts to improve food access and food sovereignty will be essential to City’s efforts. Therefore, the local nonprofit Grace Grows has been invited to provide the City Commission with an update on the USDA grant funded Community ...

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