Targeted CU-CCE work teams.
In December 2016, two new work teams were formed on research and educational outreach activity in food hubs and controlled environment agriculture (CEA) to identify metrics that will document our impact in these LRFS areas; this work and their corresponding pilot projects are funded by NIFA’s Federal Capacity Funds. If you work in food hubs development or CEA and wish to participate in this work team activity, please contact LRFS team leaders Kathi Colen Peck, Heidi Mouillesseaux-Kunzman, or Anu Rangarajan.
**If you would like to form a work team on a different food system topic, please also let us know. We can help facilitate these connections.
LRFS Professional Development Training.
On May 19, 2017, Becca Jablonski (Colorado State University) and Todd Schmit (Cornell University, Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management) led an in-depth training on the USDA-AMS’ publication: The Economics of Local Food Systems: A Toolkit to Guide Community Discussions, Assessments and Choices. The training was attended by 17 individuals, plus 15 teams of 2-4 Extension professionals, researchers, students, public health professionals, community planners, and/or food security professionals—63 in total. In addition to exploring the seven toolkit modules together, individuals and teams each initiated an action plan to help strengthen objectives in their local food initiatives.