We all know that food is a basic need, and planners have an important role to play. The time is ripe for the food system to become less of a stranger to the planning field.

PAS Report

Urban Agriculture: Growing Healthy, Sustainable Places (PAS Report 563)

Interest in urban agriculture is rising steadily in the United States and Canada. While older, industrial cities such as Cleveland, Detroit, and Buffalo, with their drastic loss of population and their acres of vacant land, are emerging as centers for urban agriculture initiatives, backyard and community gardens in places big and small have become important symbols of the local food movement.

Because urban agriculture entails the use of urban land, planners are increasingly on the front lines of the discussion about how best to craft policies and programs to support growing food while being mindful of the interests of residents living near these projects.

Planners Guide to Community and Regional Food Planning: Transforming Food Environments, Facilitating Healthy Eating (PAS Report 554)

Food nourishes us, enriches our celebrations, and sustains life itself. Yet not everyone in the United States has equal access to healthy food. Some of us live in neighborhoods where grocery stores carry a greater variety of potato chips than vegetables, while some of us cannot afford vegetables even when they are available.

This PAS Report by Samina Raja, Branden Born, and Jessica Kozlowski Russell shows how planners can play a significant role in shaping the food environment of communities and thereby facilitate healthy eating.

Bibliography from PAS Report 554: Planners Guide to Community and Regional Food Planning (pdf)

APA Resources

APA Food System Planning White Paper (pdf)

APA's Policy Guide on Community and Regional Food Planning

APA Division Newsletter Articles

The Divisions Council challenged each Division to produce an article in their newsletter on an aspect of Food Systems Planning from their unique perspective. The following represent an array of perspectives on the subject from the Divisions.

Black Farmers, Equitable Health and Food System Planning: Leveling the Field in African American Communities

Community Gardens — United we eat, divided we starve

Creating Viable Farms

An Environmental Planner's Journey to Food Planning

Farmers in the City: Growing Community and a Local Food Economy

"Food and Fuel for the Force" Initiative

Food Assessment Article

Food Distribution Policy & Design Solutions

Food System Planning and Connections to APA Divisions

Food System Planning: An Opportunity for Planners in Private Practice

Food Without Walls: The Planning and Economic Development Benefits of Outdoor Food

Making Farmers' Markets a Central Part in Food Systems Planning: A Case Study of Urbana, Illinois

National Standards for Organic Certification in Bolivia

Planning to Sustain Small Farms: An Upgrading Strategy for Farmers and Institutions

Portland Food Carts: Catering to the Pedestrian

Sustainable Economic Development: Is BALLE the Answer?

The Missing Piece: Growing Community and Public Health with Urban Agriculture

Towards an Edible Urban Design

Urban Farming: Zoning for Growing and Distributing Food in Portland Neighborhoods

Westchester County Operates Farm and Environmental Center

APA's Planning and Community Health Center

The Planning and Community Health Center is one of APA's three National Centers for Planning. The center is dedicated to strengthening the connection between urban planning and community health in the U.S. It engages in collaborative, multidisciplinary research; education and outreach activities; and policy development work aimed at addressing today's pressing health issues (such social inequities, physical inactivity, poor food access) through city and regional planning.

APA Food System Planning Brochure

This PDF brochure provides an overview of APA's resources, publications, and activities related to food system planning.

APA's Food Interest Group

APA's Food Interest Group (FIG) is a coalition of APA members interested in or actively engaged in food system planning at the local, regional, state, or national level.