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Building a Local Foodshed | Site Visit at the 2018 SAFSF Forum

A thriving regional food system requires a number of sustainable and pro table components: farmers and producers, processing and distribution systems, and outlets to consumers and markets at the end. This site visit will explore efforts to cultivate a healthy local foodshed in the Spokane region and highlight many of the exciting efforts taking place

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Centering Equity and Sustainability in the Legal Cannabis Industry | Site Visit at the 2018 SAFSF Forum

The food movement has been working hard for decades to rebuild a food system that, in some ways, used to exist and was dismantled by consolidation and industrialization. With the legalization of cannabis for recreational use in nine states and medical use in 30 states, the pressures of consolidation and industrialization are already being felt.

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Healthy Food, Healthy Families, Healthy Communities | Site Visit at the 2018 SAFSF Forum

We all know the phrase, “it takes a village.” This statement rings true for the Spokane region, where stakeholders are increasing access to healthy and nutritious food and developing a vibrant local food system from the ground up through the aid of strong relationships. Throughout the day, you will witness and experience the importance of

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Fresh Perspective: Food, Equity and Community Development Funders’ Bus Tour

Please join The California Wellness Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, the Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders (SAFSF) and Southern California Grantmakers for a funders-only bus tour in South Los Angeles to explore how food can be a powerful driver of equity and community economic development. Food

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Fracking in the Coalfields | Site Visit at the 2019 SAFSF Forum

Across the United States, energy extraction and production—from coal mining to oil drilling to fracking to petrochemical manufacturing and more—impact communities and the environment. Energy and agriculture often intersect, whether it’s a frack pad located close to a farm, a wind farm adjacent to agricultural fields, or offshore drilling and its impacts on fish stock.

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Community-Led Change in the Homewood Neighborhood | Site Visit at the 2019 SAFSF Forum

Be inspired by a neighborhood that is finding ways to innovate, leverage tremendous community resources and assets, and meet local needs through coordinated community projects. Homewood is a predominantly African-American neighborhood in Pittsburgh, home to about 6,000 residents in nine square miles, that has historically been underserved and disinvested—but is home to a wealth of

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Technology, Innovation, and Impact | Site Visit at the 2019 SAFSF Forum

Once a center for the production of steel, iron, and glass, Pittsburgh has reemerged as a leader in medicine, education, healthcare, and—relevant to this tour—green building spaces, robotics, artificial intelligence, and high-tech industries. Some of the technological solutions being developed by university researchers, businesses, and nonprofits in Pittsburgh are focused on food and agriculture system

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Soil Health and Climate Resilience in Pennsylvania | Site Visit at the 2019 SAFSF Forum

The impacts of climate change vary regionally, and farmers in western Pennsylvania are already grappling with increasingly frequent extreme weather events. Amid a growing awareness of the deep impact soil has on every aspect of our biodiversity, health, climate, water, and resilience, more folks are listening to farmers and researchers in Pennsylvania and elsewhere who

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Crafting a Regional Food System | Site Visit at the 2019 SAFSF Forum

If you want to get your hands dirty or doughy, this is the tour for you. We’ll head to Chatham University’s Eden Hall campus, a 388-acre farm turned cutting-edge learning laboratory and demonstration site showcasing sustainable solutions to issues of energy, water, food and agriculture, air quality and climate, and the interaction of natural and

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Supporting the Needs of New and Beginning Farmers | Site Visit at the 2019 SAFSF Forum

On this tour, we will learn about a variety of programs and organizations that are supporting new and beginning production farmers in Pittsburgh and the surrounding region. Although similar programs exist across the country, Pittsburgh is unique in hosting a range of opportunities, bolstered by deep and reciprocal working relationships between them, that support farmers

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