From the Ground Up

Inspiring Community-based Food System Innovations

Wallace Center at Winrock International

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Urban and rural communities across the country are rebuilding local food systems to be more equitable, where food is healthy, affordable, fair and sustainable.

These communities are applying innovation to address challenges within our current food system – from inhumane farmworker conditions to environmental degradation to soaring numbers of diet-related disease and illness.

Themes

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Return to Roots

projects revive cultural food traditions so communities can self-determine how and where their food comes from.

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Policy

projects encourage civic engagement and foster equitable conditions for local procurement and community-led food initiatives.

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Social Enterprise

projects apply entrepreneurship, blending best practices from the private and nonprofit sectors, to build local food economies.

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Multiple Points of Impact

projects connect the supply chain – farmers, processors and consumers – to benefit communities’ health and wealth.

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Adaptability and Replication

projects creatively meet emerging community needs and serve as models that can be easily reproduced or expanded.

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Investing in the Future

projects cultivate the next generation of food system leaders through education, training and entrepreneurial programs.

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Networks

bring groups together to learn, share resources, build capacity and use their collective voices to influence policy.

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Scaling Out and Up

projects expand or build capacity in ways that keep community ownership and strengthen the local food system.

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This report profiles community-led food projects that explore how people are creating equitable food systems and growing a greener tomorrow.

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