December 12 Joint Task Force Minutes
Cass Clay Food Systems Initiative
Joint Meeting of the Economic Development and Infrastructure Task Forces
Monday, December 12, 2011, 3:00 pm
Atomic Coffee, Downtown Fargo
Attendance: Deb Haugen, Linda Kingery, Mara Solberg, Janet Paul Rice, Patti Kratky, Kim Lipetzky, Gina Nolte, Jonathon Moser, Jon Evert
Welcome and Introductions made.
Deb reviewed the infrastructure vision and economic development purposes and visions.
Purpose Statement: Supporting entrepreneurship, providing a business roadmap for start-up and expansion of Cass and Clay County food producers and processors, and measuring established outcomes.
Purpose Statement: Expanding and facilitating the supply and flow of local foods amongst producers, consumers, and institutions, throughout the food supply chain.
Linda Kingery Executive Director of U of M Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, gave a presentation on a report “Local Foods & Sustainable Agriculture”. Discussion about opportunities to align data collected with the CCFSI with this. This report is till being edited and anticipate final version by the end of the December, but will continue to have updates in the future.
Further discussion was held regarding use of several models and scales, available data at county level, statewide or nationally for comparison which will provide a system for regular updates. Also discussed the need for data addressing systems level, access and availability, attitudes, behaviors and choices, health or diagnostic information.
Reviewed Infrastructure phone survey draft planned to be implemented with students after the first of the year. This targeting licensed kitchens and local food use. Draft will be updated to reflect discussion.
Discussion was held regarding defining local. At this time based on the upcoming phone survey we will utilize the tri state area, i.e. ND, MN and SD.
We also discussed the need to survey regarding policies that work and don’t work, regulatory barriers, perceptions of barriers, ex. Instructions, example “approved source” etc. It appears that there is inconsistent information from MN and ND, various departments such as Ag, Inspectors, etc. Example: pickle bill – processing in home kitchen vs. certified.
Kim reported that a Landscape architecture student is working on a study that will map minority populations and poverty in Cass and Clay Counties; we are also interested in food desserts, and credible food sources, vs. non- credible source.
Kim and Gina also report that they have visited with Metro COG regarding involvement in developing a study/report with recommendations. MPOs in other communities have completed reports, studies and made recommendations which provided a basis for food systems work. We are in the process of identifying the work, scope of service, and approval through their systems as well as determine approval of funding or identify funding needs. This plan would then be updated similarly as the bike/ped plans.
Our next full Food Systems Initiative meeting will be January 26th from 3:00 – 5:00 at the Cass County Extension office. Our next task force meeting will be Monday, Feb 6, 2012 3:30 at Atomic Coffee.
Respectfully Submitted by,
Resources sent by Linda Kingery:
1. Attached please find article by Christian Peters, and ppt slides from his presentation in MN.
2. You'll see a couple tools for foodshed planning on at http://localfoods.umn.edu/foodshedplanning
3. The Western Superior Foodshed example on that page describes a local diet available in NE Minnesota Region.
Direct link is http://www.superiorfoodweb.org/research.html
4. David Abazs applied the superior calculations to the Red River Valley for us - see http://www.superiorfoodweb.org/redrivervalley.html
5. We have an online database at www.localfoods.umn.edu - farmers and farmers markets, processors etc are welcome to create a profile.
6. We are planning a series of sessions called "local foods college" in early 2012 via ITV - see attached draft planning document. http://localfoods.umn.edu/college