Building Community Wealth through Food and Farming: New Tools and Insights for the Heartland

APA Missouri Chapter


Friday, October 26, 2018
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. CDT

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On May 31, 2018, a mix of public health, local government, agricultural, and economic development partners came together to host "Harvesting Opportunity: A Symposium on Building Community Wealth through Food and Farming." The daylong event drew professionals and community members passionate about local agriculture, healthy food access, and improving Kansas communities to learn about new tools to advance their work with a focus on economic development. The Harvesting Opportunity Symposium, inspired by a book of the same name published by the Federal Reserve of St. Louis in 2017, highlighted the potential positive economic impact well-developed regional food systems could have in Kansas--and the investments needed to achieve it. This session will build upon that event--using a set of new, place-based tools that were developed after the event--with a focus on implications and key takeaways for Heartland planners. Attendees will (1) gain new insights into this burgeoning economic sector and (2) discuss strategies and actions to help spur urban and rural community development throughout Kansas and Missouri. In addition, (3) participants will be guided to identify their community's unique assets and the ways local government and regional institutions can seize these market opportunities.


Helen Schnoes, AICP

Helen Schnoes has worked for Douglas County for over three years, bringing a focus to local and regional food systems development to the Lawrence-Douglas County Sustainability Office. In 2017, under Helen's leadership the City of Lawrence and Douglas County adopted the first Food Systems Plan in Kansas, which received ... Read More

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