Local Food Networking

Jan 23, 2015 by

We work to build relationships amongst farmers and buyers in order to promote a strong and resilient community food system. In partnership with other community organizations such as the Alachua County Farm to School ProgramBlue Oven Kitchens , Florida Organic Growers and Slow Food Gainesville, we host the farm to restaurant program, Buy Local North Central Florida, and work on a variety of other initiatives to develop and enhance infrastructure and demand for local food.

Our latest effort is working on a feasibility study for a Community Food Center. A Community Food Center (CFC) is a welcoming and collaborative space that provides the means and knowledge necessary for a community to access fresh, healthy food and enhances and supports a diverse food economy. Its physical form, operations, and programming can be tailored to meet the needs of the community. CFCs offer multifaceted, integrated, and responsive programming in a shared space where food builds health, opportunity, skills, and community.

Our CFC will be a multi-faceted facility that incorporates a commercial kitchen, cold and dry food storage, warehousing, community event and workshop space, garden space, and logistical, financial, and capacity-building support that will:

  • Expand and strengthen the local food economy by creating links between local farmers and our community;
  • Create a mechanism for local investment in good food and a healthier, more equitable, more vibrant community;
  • Increase food literacy and security by making connections between local food access, food-related skills and better health;
  • Promote cultural, ecological and economic diversity and justice;

In reaching these goals, the CFC will focus on efforts to better support our citizens, farmers, and entrepreneurs while building a more resilient food system for North Central Florida.

Read our Community Food Center Executive Summary: CFC_Summary_FINAL_April2016

For more information contact Anna Prizzia, anna@foragefarm.org.

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