We support communities to inquire into cultural and foodshed resilience.
The Community Cultural Foodshed Resilience Program invites you, community member, to investigate the principles, the concepts, and the level of functionality we have developed to date for YOU to enable your community to investigate foodshed resilience in the place YOU call home.
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Plant these thoughts in your community conversations and invest in your own community to create food democracy and a culture of vitality and interdependence in this place you call home!
When community members work together to create a respectful, caring, deeply interdependent way of living beginning with respecting and celebrating each others’ gifts and growing their own food, local foodshed resilience begins to take root.
“A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”—Albert Einstein
National and California farmland challenges
drawn from America Farm Land Trust and other sources
Collective Priority:Keep agricultural land in cultivation!
We need to flex our collective power to ensure that we enable agricultural land to remain in cultivation by:
- Forming community land trusts and other ways to ensure we afford reasonable acquisition prices for farmers, who want to farm agricultural land
- Putting pressure on land grant colleges to continue to enable communities in which they are based enable the community to access land to train local farmers to grow food
- Ensuring strong, flexible agricultural land succession practices
It takes agricultural land, which is NOT readily available as we have few succession practices in place, other than family inheritance. Thus new farmers, including Greenhorns, do not have the opportunities to settle down and farm. We need cities, counties, regions, and states to designate land for agricultural use as we need to grow a lot of farmland so farmers can farm and we have good food to eat.
Land Trusts are community held land designated for various uses—parks, farming, etc. Riverside, CA is beginning to investigate local foodshed resilience and is converting parkland to agricultural land. In addition, Riverside, CA has some impressive infrastructure in place including the Riverside Unified School District’s central kitchen that feeds 35,500 meals each day to K-12 kids.
Martin Luther King said: “It takes tough minds and tender hearts to create the world into which we want to live.”
Inventory your land! Does your community have existing farmland or land (parks etc.) that could benefit the community foodshed?
Clear management goals include farmers with patience, heart, heads, good training, and sufficient capital to grow towards feeding the entire community!
Socio-ecological practices include the opportunity to realize that each person’s fulfillment is necessary to achieve community fulfillment. The opportunity includes bringing forward each community member’s gifts so that you can grow whole as a living system. The agro-ecological equivalent is no till farming, which provides the opportunity for all amazing soil components—mycelia, protozoa, and so many more.
Begin by healing the land, yourselves, and your food systems!
What if each community member committed to participating in more than one function in the food chain—education, land use, production, distribution, preparation, consumption and waste management?
Ensure that your farmer training programs are robust and effective and enable farmers to make career choices with advancement and community respect. Life Path Career Development Practices include: Agro and socio-ecological, coop ownership and management, financial literacy, health and wellness. Of course the community needs to include business and long term planning.
In addition, for those community members not familiar with the experiences of diverse community members, the community offers Ethnic and Cultural Adult Education Courses.
Collectively governed Food Policy Council
Once our community enables our foodshed governance to be run by all stakeholders, we know we have a policy making body that includes every interest. Together we can grow our infrastructure based on decisions that foster this unique place and those of us, who carry forward our community legacy goals and values. When all stakeholders are effectively represented, we become an organism and our learnings can be lived, tracked, and transferred.
Supply and Demand
We grow our foodshed capacity by growing the supply to match the demand for healthy, nutrient dense food. Through our Self-Governing Food Policy Council, we can collectively grow the infrastructure enterprises and self-actualizing community members to create food democracy.
Now your community can become healthier,
more foodshed resilient, and leave a sustainable legacy
What infrastructure could you need to grow your community resilience?
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Track successful practices!
Each community has their own measurable capacities: What is the availability of land that could be farmed? What farmer training programs work best here? Do we need an indigenous seed bank and how would be proceed? What is the capacity and user history of our farmer coop credit union? How much food do we grow now and how many people eat that food? What leadership facilitation would enable young, diverse leaders to step up and become self-actualized? How can we measure what far-sighted decisions our community elders and others among us have put into place such as 1) conserving land in regional parks during the Great Depression or 2) multiple languages spoken and used for teaching in schools where upwards of one-half of the school’s children speak another language?
This is the time to marry rational and intuitive thinking and grow those tough minds and tender hearts “to create the world into which we want to live”.
Each community is unique AND we can share learnings and vital outcomes!
Each community has totally unique weather, soil, demographics, and cultures. Each community is very specific. My community is that place I call home!
Collectively, we know that most communities have school boards, city councils, county boards of supervisors, regional councils, state governments, people who work for themselves and people who work for others, and ways of managing money and resolving conflicts.
Each community can participate in the Community Cultural Foodshed Resilience Program and grow both the intradependence within your community and the interdependence among communities by sharing learnings and vital outcomes.
Always consider your return on investment. Community Benefit ROI tracks your community’s intentional returns and grows your goals!
Healing Living Systems, Inc., a California social purpose corporation, seeks to track the learnings from each community involved in the Community Cultural Foodshed Resilience Program and, as appropriate, transfer those learnings to subsequent communities. Our goal is to create climate stability through agroecology. If your community is interested in inquiring into local foodshed resilience, join us! Together we become healthy, change our national economic perspectives, and leave achievable ways of working for subsequent generations.
The City of Riverside, CA
Based on the Riverside’s Proof of Concept actions, your community is invited to consider your own Cultural Foodshed Resilience Program.
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You can step in and out of the site anytime you need to address issues off-line such as:
- We don’t have any computer science courses in high school or other classes, thus we cannot enter our local food, farming and finance knowledge on the GoodFoodWeb.com. Check your drop down menus for opportunities for assistance in the form of facilitation, training, and certificated course opportunities.
- “We have not found support on our site for an issue critical to our community.” CCFRP would be honored if a community communicated that a necessary issue were unsupported by CCFRP. Please share that unsupported inquiry and your findings with us so we can include your findings going forward. We reference your good work in our first Proof of Concept Community Roll Out: in Fairfield, IA.
Framing our challenges and valuing gifts and contributions together, the following graphic, was created by LFRP’s curriculum coordinator as sample ways community members, who don’t yet feel fully connected to the life of their community, can elevate themselves and empower themselves to step into leadership roles within their communities.
Levanna Saxon, M.Ed
Levana develops strategic methodology, curriculum and training projects to support movement building and popular education. Over the past 17 years, she has trained and facilitated thousands of children youth, and adults. As a youth activist, she served as the North American Advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme, cofounded the indigenous and Non-Indigenous Youth Alliance and facilitated international gatherings with Youth for Environmental Sanity. Later (as an adult) she taught Ecopedagogy, an arts-based form of popular education for ecological justice at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil and helped organize the World Education Forum while working with the Paulo Freire Institute. At Rainforest Action Network, she developed a national climate eduction program for children and youth and worked on agribusiness and global finance campaigns. She left RAN to re-focus on her passion for popular education, working to support Youth-Led Participatory Action Research projects with Youth in Focus, and then started Practicing Freedom. She also currently blogs and facilitates anti-racism workshops and dialogues with the White Noice Collective and is a trainer with the Ruckus Society and Movement Strategy Center. http://www.practicingfreedom.org/ourteam/
Rosa E. González creates transformational teaching and learning experiences that foster deep participation, critical inquiry, and the capacity of individuals and groups to effectively address complex challenges. With more than 15 years experience in the field, she brings a balance of heart and rigor to her consulting in group facilitation, program design, and transformative methodology. To inquiry about services, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Aryeh Shell, Director of Training and Education, ArtCorps, Art for Creative Leadership and Social Action, Ipswich, MA, aryehshell.com; 510-610-8581
Healing Living Systems, Inc. is qualifying a position: Developer of Food Assessment Tracking. The responsibilities for this position are:
- to develop algorithms to track earned income from food infrastructure enterprises based on a guidance from a “Community Food Policy Council”—an overarching policy entity composed of representatives of all stakeholder groups;
- to work with the “Community Food Policy Council” to set whatever policies are necessary for the CCFRP including the allocation of whatever discounts are available to challenged community members;
- to set up a web-based model for ensuring that all points of community food distribution—Farmers’ Markets, CSAs, Natural Food Coops, Hy-Vee Grocery Stores, etc.—to be made financially whole after challenged community members with discounts as they work for food as members of a Time Banking Program. An intracommunity EBT, Time Banking allows all members of the community to participate in the education, production, distribution, preparation, and consumption of food;
- The Food Assessment Tracker needs to ensure that there’s food still flowing, jobs are offered and undertaken, and money in the community fund for infrastructure component development;
- to develop whole systems’ algorithms to be able to advise the “Community Food Policy Council” regarding the costs and benefits of proposed infrastructure components.
When each community member realizes s/he is an investor, the practice of investing in MY community can be experienced as a “capital watershed”. Any liquid assets can be allocated to whatever community need as each investor chooses. These assets can then be called upon by a Community Cultural Foodshed Resilience Program, for example. Assets include funds in foundations, credit unions and banks; through CDFIs, infrastructure investments can be matched by public “Dept. of Treasury”; investment in municipal bonds; allocations of self-directed IRAs; direct relationship driven investments—loans or equity positions; lending clubs; and collaborations developed within Slow Money chapters.
Were the community to use Community Benefit Returns on Investment (CBROI)(see next slide), the community would know exactly how each others’ money grows increased health, foodshed resilience, and an increased quality of life.
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