USDN Innovation Products on Food Systems

Table of Contents

Innovation Lab - Concept Developing and Prototyping: Learning resources to understand the topic.

Innovation Lab - Refinement: Tools and guides to inform developing programs.

Adoption Accelerator - Standards Emerging and Scaling: Implementation examples to show how it is being done.


Innovation Lab - Concept Developing and Prototyping:

Learning resources to understand the topic.

A New England Food Systems Scan: A scan of effective practices to advance urban agriculture and food systems, including policies, programs, and models. (USDN Special Project, 2013). 
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Food Systems & Urban Economic Development: A scan of best practices cities are taking to structure food systems infrastructure, including municipal functions. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2013). 
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Urban Agriculture Scan: A scan of effective practices to advance urban agriculture and food systems, including policies, programs, and models. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2012). 
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Innovation Lab - Refinement: Tools and guides to inform developing programs.

Urban Agriculture Dissemination in the Heartland: Materials from the Heartland regional network's dissemination of best practices from the USDN Innovation Fund Urban Agriculture Scan (see below) and the role of local governments in the local food space. Deliverables include: (1) the final agenda of from a half-day workshop; (2) a summary of the pre-meeting survey results; and (3) an Urban Ag Checklist for Local Governments. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2016)
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Urban Agriculture in the Midwest:  The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana regional network led a deep dive urban agriculture best practices, using USDN member products on urban agriculture, food policy, and food sector investment. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2016).
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A Sustainable Food Systems Road Map for Local Government: A "road map" report for cities considering a sustainable food program, allowing local governments to build on recent innovations and an emerging body of knowledge. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2012). 
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Adoption Accelerator - Standards Emerging and Scaling: Implementation examples to show how it is being done.

Agriculture Park in Columbia MO: A project to expand Columbia’s Urban Farm as a central feature of a health-focused, community agricultural, recreational, commercial, and educational facility in a low-income neighborhood. (Partners for Places, 2019)
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Lincoln, NE South of Downtown Neighborhood Sustainability Implementation: A project to implement sustainability elements of a multi-year neighborhood planning process in an area of extreme poverty and diversity. (Partners for Places, 2018)
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Farmers’ Markets Help Low-Income Residents Purchase Healthy, Local Food in Minneapolis: A project to strengthen the local food system by helping Minneapolis’ 35 farmers’ markets work together, collect metrics on their impact and conduct a joint “Minneapolis Buy Local” marketing campaign. In addition, the program will expand an innovative program at the West Broadway Farmers Market’s that incentivizes low-income residents to purchase healthy foods by having doctors give patients food prescriptions (Partners for Places, 2016).
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Improving the Food-Based Economy for Latino Residents in Tucson: A project to help the mostly Latino residents of the La Doce neighborhood strengthen their food-based economy by having citizen folklorists trained in ethnographic research assess local needs. The study will look at the informal economy and what home-based food businesses exist, how they and local supermarkets are faring, and what these businesses need to thrive. As UNESCO named Tucson a City of Gastronomy last year, honoring its rich food culture, the city wants to enhance the local food economy in neighborhoods (Partners for Places, 2016).
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Cincinnati Food Fund and Fellowships: A project to enhance and strengthen Cincinnati’s regional food system through civic engagement, new policies, and creation of a Cincy Food Fund and food fellowships. (Partners for Places, 2015).
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Food Security through Urban Ag in New Bedford MA: A project to increase food security in New Bedford and advance the Sustaining New Bedford Plan goals by promoting use of the SNAP benefits program at city farmers’ markets and enhancing engagement with community gardens. (Partners for Places, 2015).
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Building Capacity in Indianapolis' Food Systems: Capacity building to strengthen the Indianapolis food system by increasing access to healthy food, enhancing ecology, and creating meaningful economic and civic opportunities. (Partners for Places, 2014). 
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Green City Growers' Community Gardens in Salt Lake City: Community gardens on city-owned and managed land to increase access to fresh local produce and reduces barriers to urban food production (Partners for Places, 2014). 
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Philadelphia Food Policy Council: A project to sustain and expand the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council. (Partners for Places, 2014). 
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Resident Empowerment through Urban Agriculture in Milwaukee: A resident empowerment program that repurposes vacant lots to support local food production and distribution. (Partners for Places, 2014).
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Self-Sufficiency in a Regional Food System in Boston: A study of the opportunity for self-sufficiency of Boston’s regional food system. (Partners for Places, 2014). 
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Urban Agriculture and Composting on Vacant Lots in Providence RI: A program that converts vacant, city-owned properties to support urban agriculture season extension, linkages to food service procurement, and school-based composting. (Partners for Places, 2014). 
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Urban Agriculture Project to Address Health and Food Insecurity in Hamilton ON: An urban agriculture project to address health, sustainable environments, and food insecurity in the McQuesten neighborhood. (Partners for Places, 2014). 
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Growing, Distributing, and Learning about Fresh Produce in Sarasota FL: A project to enhance access to, awareness about, and sustainable production of fresh produce through integrated community garden improvements, mobile produce delivery, and nutrition education. (Partners for Places, 2013). 
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Reservoir Community Farm in Bridgeport CT: A partnership to prove that a low-cost initiative (an urban farm) achieves municipal sustainability outcomes. Undertaking this cost-benefit analysis can help cities considering urban farms. (Partners for Places, 2013). 
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A Mobile Food Market in Low Income Communities of Chattanooga TN: A mobile market system/pilot to deliver fresh and locally grown produce to low-income families. (Partners for Places, 2012). 
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Community Funded Urban Agriculture in Miami-Dade, FL: GreenPrint, Miami-Dade County’s program to catalyze community-led, community-funded urban agriculture efforts. (Partners for Places, 2012). 
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Lots of Hope: Urban Agriculture on City Lots in Providence RI: The Lots of Hope program to transform vacant, city-owned lots into thriving centers of urban agriculture and pilot small-scale composting in Providence neighborhoods. (Partners for Places, 2012). 
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Urban Farm and Job-Training at Re-Purposed Golf Course in Appleton WI: A community-based urban farm, park, and job-training program that engages the community in sustainable practices. (Partners for Places, 2012).
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