Food Systems Resources

Resources are listed in alphabetical order by topic area. Updated 9-2012. Compiled from resource lsuts by Laura Brown, Community Development Specialist University of Wisconsin-Extension, Amber Canto Poverty and Food Security Specialist University of Wisconsin-Extension, Amy Meinen, Nutrition Coordinator/Fruit and Vegetable Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Health Services. To add to or edit this resource list please contact Laura Brown laura.brown@ces.uwex.edu

Food, Markets, and Healthy Communities. 2006. Local Initiatives Support Corporation.

URL: http://www.lisc.org/content/publications/detail/1388

Description: This report describes how food markets affect low-income communities and provides case studies of how food stores increase local development and enhance overall community health.

Healthy Food, Healthy Communities: Improving Access and Opportunities through Food Retailing.. 2005 Policy Link.

URL: http://www.policylink.org/atf/cf/%7B97C6D565-BB43-406D-A6D5-ECA3BBF35AF0%7D/HEALTHYFOOD.pdf

Description: This resource presents strategies and policy opportunities to improve accessibility to food, including starting and maintaining neighborhood grocery stores and farmers markets.

Whole Measures for Community Food Systems. 2009 Community Food Security Coalition
URL: http://foodsecurity.org/pub/WholeMeasuresCFS-web.pdf
Description: This evaluation and planning tool provides communities with methods to measure and connect indicators that define a healthy, connected food system. Indicators consider justice issues, health, farm health, human health, local economics, and community building issues.

Food Environment Atlas. United States Department of Agriculture
URL: http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/food-environment-atlas/go-to-the-atlas.aspx
Description: The USDA Food Environment Atlas is a searchable collection of county-level data and statistics on food environment indicators, including factores related to health and wellness, food choice, and community. Users can download datasets and create maps to see data spatially.

Establishing Land Use Protections for Farmers' Markets
URL: http://www.nplanonline.org/nplan/products/establishing-land-use-protections-farmers-markets

Food Systems Planning

A Planners Guide to Community and Regional Food Planning: Transforming Food Environments, Facilitating Health Eating. 2008. American Planning Association
URL:
http://www.planning.org/apastore/search/Default.aspx?p=3886
Description: Describes roles
planners can play in shaping the food environment and facilitating healthy eating. Includes planning strategies and case studies.

Counties and Local Food Systems: Ensuring Healthy Foods, Nurturing Healthy Children. 2007. National Association of Counties Center for Sustainable Communities.
URL: http://www.farmtoschool.org/files/publications_133.pdf
Description: This guidebook provides four case studies documenting methods to combat childhood and adult obesity through economic development, food security, and environmental protection initiatives that strengthen local food systems.

Growing Home: A Guide to Reconnecting Agriculture, Food, and Communities. 2002. Department of Development Sociology. Joanna Green and Duncan Hilchey, Cornell University.

Contact: Heidi-Mouillesseaux-Kunsman: hmm1@cornell.edu
Description: Tools for working with communities to identify strengths and opportunities in food systems development.

Adding Values to Our Food System: An Economic Analysis of Sustainable Community Food Systems.

1997. United States Department of Agriculture Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program
Description: A SARE-funded report that explores niches withi the food industry that make sustainable agriculture initiatives economically competitive with industrialized agriculture.

URL: http://www.ibiblio.org/farming-connection/foodsys/addval.htm

Food, Markets, and Healthy Communities. 2006. Local Initiatives Support Corporation.

URL: http://www.lisc.org/content/publications/detail/1388

Description: How food markets affect low income communities and provides case studies on how food stores increase local development and enhance overall community health.

Community Food Assessment Program. Community Food Security Coalition
URL:
http://www.foodsecurity.org/cfa_home.html
Description:
A clearinghouse for food assessment-related tools and resources, including reports and information from numerous past and current assessments.

Communities of Excellence in Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Prevention (CX3)
URL: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/cpns/Pages/CX3_Main_Navgation.aspx

CDC CHANGE Tool
URL: http://www.cdc.gov/healthycommunitiesprogram/tools/change.htm
Description: The CHANGE tool helps community teams (such as coalitions) develop their community action plan. It can be used annually to assess current policy, systems, and environmental change strategies and to offer new priorities for future efforts.

Food Desert Locator
URL:
http://www.ers.usda.gov/data/fooddesert/index.htm

Food Environment Assessment Tools Collection by the National Cancer Institute
URL: https://riskfactor.cancer.gov/mfe/instruments/

Food Environment Atlas: United States Department of Agriculture
URL: http://www.ers.usda.gov/foodatlas/

Healthy Access Locator: United States Department of Agriculture
URL: http://www.healthyaccesslocator.com/

USDA National Farmers Market Directory
URL: http://search.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets/

Know Your Farmer Know Your Food Compass. United States Department of Agriculture
URL: http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=KYF_COMPASS

Community Food Security Assessment Toolkit. United States Department of Agriculture
URL: http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/efan-electronic-publications-from-the-food-assistance-nutrition-research-program/efan02013.aspx

What's Cooking in Your Food System?: A Guide to Community Food Assessment. 2002 Community Food Security Coalition
URL: https://www.foodsecurity.org/pub/whats_cooking.pdf

Nutrition Environment Measures Survey.
It is highly recommended to take the online training before using these instruments.

Food Policy Councils: Practice and Possibility. 2003. Sarah Marie Borron. Congressional Hunger Center, Hunger-Free Community Report.

URL: http://lanefood.org/pdf/.../food_policy_council_report_february_2003.pdf

Counties and Local Food Systems. 2007. National Association of Counties (NACo).

URL: http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=New_Technical_Assistance&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=24784

Description: Contains four methods and case studies for how county governments can support their local food systems. Written with a focus on obesity prevention, this publication will also appeal to readers interested in the links between agriculture and economic development, environmental protection, and food security.

New York State Food Policy Council.

URL: http://www.ny.gov/governor/press/0520071.html

Description: On May 30, 2007, Governor Spitzer announced the formation of a NYS Council on Food Policy. According to the Governor's press release, the council "will coordinate state agriculture policy and make recommendations on developing food policy that will help ensure the availability of safe, fresh, nutritious and affordable food for all New Yorkers, especially low income residents, senior citizens and children. The Council will look at ways to increase sales of New York agricultural products to New York consumers, with a special emphasis on expanding the consumer market for organic food."

State and Local Food Policy Councils: A Vehicle for Risk Management Education and Outreach. 2004. The Agricultural Law Center, The Law School, Drake University.

URL: http://www.statefoodpolicy.org/qna.htm

Food Policy Councils: Lessons Learned. Community Food Security Coalition.
URL: http://www.foodsecurity.org/pubs.html#fpc

CDC Food Policy Council Resources
URL: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyplaces/healthtopics/healthyfood/foodpolicy.htm

Good Laws, Good Food: Putting Local Food Policy to Work for Our Communities
URL: http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/clinical/lsc/documents/FINAL_LOCAL_TOOLKIT2.pdf

A Guide to Serving Local Food at Your Next Event. Glynwood Center.

URL: http://www.glynwood.org/files/previous/pdfs/ReportsandGuides/GuideLocalEvent.pdf

Description: A guide for institutions looking to begin integrating local foods into their food service business.

Farm to School in the Northeast: Making Connections for Healthy Kids and Healthy Farms. 2007. A Toolkit for Extension Educators and other Community Leaders. Cornell Farm to School Program, NY Farms! and the NY School Nutrition Association.

URL: http://farmtoschool.cce.cornell.edu/Toolkit/FTS%20Toolkit%20jul07.pdf

Description: A project funded by the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, this provides an overview of starting Farm to School programs in your community, beginning with understanding what the program aims to do and continuing to making meaningful connections in the classroom. Includes nationwide resources

National Farm to School Network
URL: http://www.farmtoschool.org/

Selling to Institutions: An Iowa Farmer's Guide. 2003. Robert Luedemann and Neil Hamilton. Iowa, DrakeUniversity Agricultural Law Center

URL: http://www.statefoodpolicy.org/docs/selling.pdf

Description: A guide for producers to identify and establish business relationships with institutions for buying bulk food.

USDA Farm to School Website
URL: http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/f2s/

University of Wisconsin Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
URL: http://www.cias.wisc.edu/category/farm-to-fork/farm-to-school/
Description: Farm-to-School home page and farm to school resources

Direct Farm Marketing and Tourism Handbook. 2007. University of Arizona Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics.

URL: http://ag.arizona.edu/AREC/pubs/dmkt/dmkt.html

Description: This guide is designed to help farm and ranch operators (and other individuals who grow or process food products) market their products and services directly to the consumer.

Direct Marketing of Specialty Food Products. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

URL: http://etraining.unl.edu/web/etraining/directmarketingreg

Description: An online tutorial that teaches and examines strategies of marketing local food, with a focus on understanding and utilizing information technology to best access customers.

Farmers' Markets: Rules, Regulations and Opportunities. 2002. Neil D. Hamilton, Drake University Agricultural Law Center.

URL: http://www.statefoodpolicy.org/docs/frmsmkts.pdf

Description: Describes and defines the differences and requirements for institutional selling intended for audiences comfortable with direct marketing. It contains Iowa-specific resources for legal regulations, but includes a broad focus for implementation nationwide.

The Value of Farmers' Markets to New York Communities. 2006. Farmers' Market Federation of New York. Funded by the Project for Public Spaces with funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

URL: http://www.nyfarmersmarket.com/pdf_files/FarmersMarketsCommunityDev.pdf

Description: Provides an overview of economic, health, community, agricultural impacts of farmers markets.

Agritourism: Cultivating Tourists on the Farm. Washington State University Extension.

URL: http://cru.cahe.wsu.edu/CEPublications/eb2020/eb2020.pdf

Description: Considerations for successful tourism on working farms.

Agritourism: A Web-Based Resource for Farmers. 2012. University of Vermont.

URL: http://www.uvm.edu/tourismresearch/agritourism/

Description: An online tutorial to learn about agritourism geared toward the farming community.

Agricultural Tourism Operation Fact Sheets. 2012. University of California - Davis.

URL: http://sfp.ucdavis.edu/agritourism/factsheets/

Description: A series of factsheets introducing agritourism and techniques practitioners can use on their own farming operation.

Agritourism in New York: Management and Operations. 2001 Diane Kuehn and Duncan Hilchey. New York Sea Grant.

URL: http://njsustainingfarms.rutgers.edu/Agritourismwp/_pdf/Agritourism_Mgt_Operations_NY_2001.pdf

Supply/Value Chain Development

Characterizing Ag of the Middle and Values-Based Food Supply Chains. 2011. Ohio State University

URL: http://www.agofthemiddle.org/archives/2011/07/value_chain_tea.html#more

Description: Curricular resources to explain the differences between mainstream and value-based food supply chains.

Comparing the Structure, Size, and Performance of Local and Mainstream Food Supply Chains. 2010. USDA Economic Research Service.

URL: http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/err-economic-research-report/err99.aspx

Description: A series of coordinated case studies compares the structure, size, and performance of local food supply chains with those of mainstream supply chains. Interviews and site visits with farms and businesses, supplemented with secondary data, describe how food moves from farms to consumers in 15 food supply chains.

Funding Opportunities

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NESARE) Sustainable Community Grants.

URL: http://www.uvm.edu/~nesare/grants_scomm.htm

Description:The purpose of the Sustainable Community Grants program is to reconnect rural revitalization and farming. Projects can address diverse issues such as land use, nutrition, employment, markets, education, farm labor, public policy, and environmental quality.

North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Farmer Rancher Grant Program

URL: http://www.northcentralsare.org/Grants/Our-Grant-Programs/Farmer-Rancher-Grant-Programf

Description: NCR-SARE's Farmer Rancher Grant Program is a competitive grants program for farmers and ranchers who want to explore sustainable solutions to problems through on-farm research, demonstration, and education projects.

Community Food Project(CFP) Competitive Grants.

URL: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/nea/food/in_focus/hunger_if_competitive.html

Description: CFP is a United States Department of Agriculture program designed to support projects that "increase food security in communities by bringing the whole food system together to assess strengths, establish linkages, and create systems that improve the self-reliance of community members over their food needs."

Healthy Food, Healthy Communities: Promising Strategies to Improve Access to Fresh, Healthy Food and Transform Communities. 2011 Policy Link.
URL: http://www.policylink.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=lkIXLbMNJrE&b=5136581&ct=8020083

Recipes for Change: Healthy Food in Every Community.2010 Convergence Partnership
URL: http://www.preventioninstitute.org/component/jlibrary/article/id-266/127.html

SNAP to Health
URL: http://www.snaptohealth.org/
Description: An interactive web-based tool designed to provide information and stimulate discussion on the obesity and food insecurity paradox.

What Works for Health: Policies and Programs to Improve Wisconsin's Health
URL: http://whatworksforhealth.wisc.edu/driver.asp?id=12
Description: Provides an outline of evidence and the research base supporting interventions to improve population health, including access to healthy and affordable food.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program SNAP: Learn how You Can Accept SNAO Benefits at Farmers' Markets. United States Department of Agriculture
URL:http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/ebt/fm.htm

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program SNAP at Farmers Markets: A How-To Handbook.2010 United States Department of Agriculture
URL:http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5085298&acct=wdmgeninfo

Wholesome Wave
URL: http://wholesomewave.org/
Description: A non-profit example of a double value coupon program at farmers markets to promote the redemption of SNAP benefits at farmers markets while increasing purchasing power and access to healthy affordable foods.

Real Food, Real Choice: Connecting SNAP Recipients with Farmers Markets. 2010 Community Food Security Coalition.
URL: http://foodsecurity.org/pub/RealFoodRealChoice_SNAP_FarmersMarkets.pdf

Food Hubs:

USDA Regional Food Hub Resource Guide
URL: http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5097957

Building Successful Food Hubs: A Business Planning Guide for Aggregating and Processing Local Foods in Illinois. 2012
URL: http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5097191

 
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