Building Community Awareness and Involvement in the Local Food System
SARE PDP Extension & Community Partnerships
- Create a monthly forum that facilitates networking and partnerships among relevant community stakeholders in support of local foods issues.
- Increased stakeholder engagement in market promotion and consumer education relative to local & seasonal foods.
- At least fifty (50) market patrons, community leaders, restaurant owners, chefs, media representatives, and travel writers will participate in Foothills Farm to Table Progressive Dinner Tour (September 10).
Key Sub Activities
- “Meet Up to Eat Up” Monthly Focus Group
- Identify coordinator & hosts.
- Develop & grow invitation list.
- Establish schedule & discussion topics.
- Engage focus group participants in relevant local foods projects & activities (including planning, implementation & evaluation).
- Leverage planning & financial support for the Foothills Farmers’ Market Shade Pavilion project from local governments, private foundations, agencies, organizations, and the broader community.
- Create local foods brochure, PowerPoint presentation and speakers’ bureau for civic clubs and other interest groups.
- Implement weekly electronic newsletter for local foods enthusiasts.
Farm to Table Progressive Dinner
- Create and activate organizing committee.
- Logistical planning (motorcoach, host farms, food preparation, publicity, etc.).
Feedback & evaluation.
- Increased communication, networking and collaboration among vendors, customers, organizations, elected officials and others in support of local foods issues & needs.
- Increased community awareness of and demand for local & seasonal foods.
- Stakeholders engaged in developing the logistics and securing funds to construct and operate a permanent home for the market’s Uptown Shelby location.
- Informational resources developed and disseminated to local audiences.
- Increased capacity for farmers to advocate and inform on local and seasonal foods.
- Connections established between the agricultural industry and the food services industry in Cleveland County.
- Increased awareness of, access to, and demand for local & seasonal foods
Evidence of Activities, their Quality & Outcomes
- Number of focus group meetings held.
- Number of farms hosting monthly meetings.
- Variety of topics and issues addressed.
- Number of projects and activities undertaken.
- Number of different stakeholders engaged.
- Number of formal/informal agreements established.
- Dollars raised.
- Number of brochures distributed.
- Number of speakers trained.
- Number of presentations delivered.
- Number of newsletters transmitted.
- Number of committee members
- Number of constituencies represented on tour.
- Number of attendees.
- Amount of funds generated from the event.
Positive feedback from hosts, coordinators, and participants.