Food Sustainability Planning Resources
SCOTie case studies
Planning in the West Webinar Series
Sustainable Agriculture and Foodshed Planning - Aired October 30, 2012
This report reviewed existing local agricultural capacity, strategies for encouraging ecnonomically sustainable local agriculture, and necessary resources to maintain agriculture in light of development pressures in Idaho's Treasure Valley.
City Food Policy and Programs: Lessons harvested from an emerging field by Molly Hatfield
A new study, based on a survey of 13 cities that have food policy director positions, illustrates that urban food policy remains an under-funded, under- staffed effort fraught with political and administrative challenges – even in cities that are considered leaders in progressive food policymaking.
Publications and Web Resources
The Role of Food Hubs in Local Food Marketing - USDA Rural Development
Local Food for Local Government: Considerations in Giving Preference to Locally Grown Food - Public Health and Policy
Investing in Healthy, Sustainable Places through Urban Agriculture - Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities
Planning to Eat?: Innovative Local Government Plans and Policies to Build Healthy Food Systems in the United States - Kailee Neurver, Sylvia Kelly, and Samina Raja
Seeding the City: Land Use Policies to Promote Urban Agriculture - National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity and ChangeLab Solutions
Urban Agriculture: Growing Healthy, Sustainable Places - APA Planning Advisory Services
Food Community Assessment Guide - Provincial Health Services Authority
Community Food System Assessment: A Companion Tool for the Guide - Provincial Health Services Authority
Implementing Food Security Indicators: Phase II Food Security Indicators Project - Provincial Health Services Authority
Food Policy Councils: Lessons Learned - Alethea Harper, Annie Shattuck, Eric Holt-Gimenez, Alison Alkon and Frances Lamrick
Policy Guide on Community and Regional Food Planning - American Planning Association
The Planner's Guide to the Urban Food System - Arly Cassidy and Bowen Patterson
The Effect of Community Gardens on Neighbording Property Values - Vicki Been and Ioan Voicu
Cutting Through the Red Tape: A Resource Guide for Local Food Policy - Policy Brief No. 19
Urban Agriculture & Improving Local, Sustainable Food Systems - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
School's Guide to Purchasing Washington-Grown Food - Washington State Department of Agriculture
This program was developed to strengthen local and regional food systems across the U.S. The program combines trainings, resources, and funding opportunities for people, organizations, and farmers who support local and regional food.
This library features information from the BC Agriculture Climate Change Adaptation Risk + Opportunity Series, fact sheets from the BC Farm Energy Assessment Series, as well as other relevant documents.
The American Planning Association (APA) has numerous resources and publications on food sustainability planning, such as urban agriculture, food access and local food.
The American Farmland Trust (AFT) is an organization whose mission is to save the land that sustains us by protecting America's farm and ranch land, promoting environmentally sound farming practices and ensuring an economically sustainable future for farmers and ranchers. The AFT has a webinar series on local and regional food systems and community-based, collaborative food planning efforts.
Urban Tilth is a non-profit organization based in Contra Costa County near Oakland, CA that helps to build a more sustainable, healthy, and just food system in their community and also provides information for other urban areas. The following is a list of policies, programs, initiatives, and general information for local governments to grow an urban foodshed.