Local Foods, Local Places: a Virtual Community Workshop

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have selected 16 communities under the “Local Foods, Local Places” program in 2020 to help revitalize their Main Streets, downtowns and existing neighborhoods through food systems and place-making initiatives.

The series of seven interconnected sessions is designed for interactivity, and will create a community action plan built by participants.

A virtual community workshop will be held on October 20 and 21, 2020. The first date will focus on Vision, Values, Case Studies, Asset Mapping and Action Brainstorming, while the second focuses on Action Prioritization and Planning.

Registration for the Virtual Community Workshop is free, and participants have the option of which sessions to choose.

The opening meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 9 a.m. will focus on “Vision and Values: Where are we going, what do we want to be?” The session will provide context for the Local Foods, Local Places planning assistance process in Kansas City, review the community’s goals, and hear participants’ values and vision for local food and place-making.

Session two will explore strategies and solutions and ask what can be learned from peer communities, followed by session three, which is small group exercises. The 90-minute exercise will challenge small groups to stimulate thought and exchange around what success looks like and the goals to help prepare for action brainstorming at session four.

To wrap up the first day of the workshop, session four will work to answer the question, “How are we going to make it happen?” Participants will create a to-do list to gather ideas for actions to advance the goals in one place for consideration before they are ranked during session five, which focuses on action prioritization.

The two-hour sixth session dives into the actions by detailing specific, measurable and achievable next steps with responsible parties.

Session seven, the wrap-up session, at 3 p.m. on Oct. 21, will include a presentation of the action planning results and review the next steps. The group will also collect feedback and input and reflect on the next steps. 

According to the EPA, through Local Foods, Local Places, partner communities have worked on projects such as: opening year-round, downtown markets featuring foods from local farmers, planning cooperative grocery stores and other food access options to help revitalize small-town main streets, creating centrally located community kitchens or food hubs to aggregate and market local foods, starting business incubators to help entrepreneurs launch food-related businesses on main streets, making it easier for people to walk or bicycle to farmers markets and local restaurants, helping school children to grow their own food, and making healthy local food accessible to families, including via SNAP benefits, exploring ways to use Opportunity Zones in the context of local food system development and downtown revitalization and developing community gardens in walkable, transit-accessible places. 

The Local Foods, Local Places Kansas City Steering Committee is comprised of Scott Wagner, Director of Northeast Alliance Together of the Mattie Rhodes Center, Bobbi Baker-Hughes, Executive Director of the Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Gregg Lombardi, Executive Director of the Lykins Neighborhood Association, Gail Lozoff, Deputy Executive Director of the Lykins Neighborhood Association, Mark Gawron, Program Manager at Cultivate Kansas City, Lykins residents Mireya Rios Luz and Purity Kinyua, and Eddie Museletti, Owner of Express Stop.

Those interested in participating can sign up on the Northeast Chamber of Commerce website, nekcchamber.com.

Want Northeast News articles sent straight to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!
Enter your email address and click on the Get Instant Access button.
We respect your privacy

Comments are closed.

  • Municipal court goes online due to COVID-19 increase

    19 hours ago
    by

    Due to positive COVID-19 tests among staff and a rising number of cases area-wide, all Kansas City Municipal Court hearings […]


    Residents wary of Route 9 changes

    December 2nd, 2020
    by

    Abby HooverManaging Editor Columbus Park residents are voicing their concerns over a plan to tear down and reconstruct Route 9 […]


    Mattie Rhodes Center provides Thanksgiving meals

    December 1st, 2020
    by

    Abby HooverManaging Editor Last week, Mattie Rhodes Center (MRC) provided 100 Thanksgiving meals to families in need. The center began […]


    Local youth boxing club robbed over holiday

    December 1st, 2020
    by

    Over Thanksgiving weekend, nearly $15,000 worth of boxing equipment was stolen from Whatsoever Community Center’s amateur boxing club at 1201 […]


    Thanksgiving for all

    November 26th, 2020
    by

    Making sure it’s Thanksgiving for all, Lisa’s. Posse led by Lisa Lightfoot Taylor served up Thanksgiving dinner to some of […]


    Mayor proposes waiving fees for struggling local businesses

    November 25th, 2020
    by

    On Wednesday, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas introduced a proposal directing the City Manager to review all annual licensing fees […]


    Northeast historians fund raise for future

    November 25th, 2020
    by

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor The Northeast Kansas City Historical Society (NEKCHS) has been a mainstay in documenting the past of […]


    Della Lamb provides turkeys, gifts to families in need

    November 25th, 2020
    by

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor This weekend, Della Lamb Community Services persevered with its 48th year celebrating the holiday season by […]


  • St. John Ave gets PIAC funds

    November 25th, 2020
    by

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor Traffic calming measures will soon be implemented on St. John Avenue after a funding application by […]


    Gov. announces COVID-19 vaccine website, medical unions call for mask mandate

    November 24th, 2020
    by

    While research and development of multiple COVID-19 vaccines continues to advance, showing promising results, Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced the […]


    KCFD mourns two more deaths from COVID-19

    November 23rd, 2020
    by

    Over the weekend, the City of Kansas City, Mo. Fire Department (KCFD) announced the deaths of two employees from COVID-19. […]


    Providing for those in need

    November 21st, 2020
    by

    Once again, Eleos Coffee House at Independence and Indiana is providing holiday meals for the areas less fortunate families.Roughly 110 […]


    Police arrest shooting suspect after car chase through Northeast

    November 20th, 2020
    by

    Around 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, police vehicles swarmed a car at St. John and Hardest avenues. They arrested the […]


    Charges filed in Monday’s fatal Independence Ave shooting

    November 19th, 2020
    by

    On Thursday, Nov. 19, charges were filed against a 28-year-old Independence man in the fatal shooting of Michelle P. Capell […]


    Throwback Thursday

    November 19th, 2020
    by

    November 18, 1965 and YOU are there! Want Northeast News articles sent straight to your inbox each week? Subscribe below! […]


    Holy Cross announces new community center

    November 18th, 2020
    by

    Abby HooverManaging Editor Holy Cross School at 121 N Quincy Ave. will soon be home to a new multi-purpose community […]


  • Faces Of Northeast


  • Postcard


  • Remember This?


  • retorts illustrated by bryan stalder


  • Want articles sent directly to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!
    We respect your privacy and will not distribute your information.