Welcome to My Community Cultural Foodshed Resilience Program
Creating foodsheds as living landscapes with vibrant biodiverse populations
How can a community become a community cultural foodshed resilient community? Some aspects of the proposed fundamental principles attract a community. Decision-making representatives can decide that they have some park land that could be designated for agricultural use. Further, these people could decide to collaborate in inquiring into their community’s potential on the Community Cultural Foodshed Resilience website, which is under development to support you right now. A community dedicated to healing their eaters to BIG Ag and permanent patients of BIG PHARMA may well want to enable community members to eat good food and grow health, wellness, and save a lot of money. The negative costs of industrial food is extensive—look at the budget line items for your emergency room costs. When these are coupled with your criminal justice system costs—crime prevention, jails, prisons, social workers and all the negative taxes that could be converted into eaters of good food and productive, tax paying systems. As you evaluate your Community Food Policy—goals and success indicators, consider that inventorying your assets to achieve food democracy and a community in which each person as well as the community as a whole grows in fulfillment. Yes! There is work to do! Let’s grow your foodshed resilience together! While you are assessing your communities’ capacity to become foodshed resilient—inventorying and assessing information about your local place and potential capacity, remember that money is a resource like water, that you pour on projects so that each community member can be safe, eat good food, experience health and a great quality of life collectively draw out each others’ gifts and culture, while achieving a solid sense of what is this place “we call home”?
Create a map of your community
When this map is created as a community populates their initial profile, it is simultaneously populated on the grid on your site. As each infrastructure component is added, a responsible community member drags and drops the glyph from the list on the left that scrolls down to include other glyphs and positions the glyph on the community map approximately where it exists in the community. In this way, all members of the community know what infrastructure components they have live. Each component has an embedded hyperlink that explains the enterprise’s function and status.
Each community can build a map to communicate that your infrastructure component glyph is live! Simple as click and drag to place onto your foodshed map. As you grow your food and farming infrastructure capacity—to grow ways to aggregate and preserve your harvests so there is no wasted land and no wasted food. Further, you will grow whole, self-actualized community members. These are BIG STEPS! First: communities need to know What is this PLACE I call home? Following are areas of inquiry that communities need to know to proceed:
- Do you know your annual weather patterns?
- Do you have maps of the agronomy of your soils?
- Have you profiled yourselves?
What are your demographics—here are a few: Stable or growing population? Age distribution? Ethnic profile; population, job holder profiles and income/household; percentage of internet library users (compared to state average); educational profile; high broadband accessibility; health facility support profiles; average overall and per capital tax base for crime related services (law enforcement personnel, emergency room services, jails, prisons); % of population working, needing some support; % of population with access to healthy food; what is the percentage of those who buy good food?, of those who could buy good food, what percentage bought how much? The percentage of community members who cannot buy good food under any circumstance?
- Do you know the cultures within your community?
- Do these cultures lift up young people?