Mapping & Needs Assessment – Nov. 29 Meeting Agenda

From mapping project coordinator Jackie Bonomo:

Our next meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 5:45 p.m. in the library, Room 324, at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 208 West Foster Avenue.

Agenda:

  • Review goals for Mapping and Needs Assessment
  • Continue mapping local food sources and outlets in Centre County (USDA crop production/acreage statistics information pending)
  • Learn how to do map layering
  • Decide next steps, who will do each, and when they’re due.
  • Perhaps each person could assess 3-5 blocks around our house/apartment, map gardens, greenhouses, edible tree & bush fruits, etc.? Help neighbors and friends do additional small areas? Or team up to do mapping walks?
  • Identify which food types are not being produced locally (missing pieces for a balanced food supply) and what infrastructure is needed to develop those food types
  • Figure out if there are enough people interested in the mapping & needs assessment project to keep it going.

Background

At an October 14 meeting, the mapping group coordinated by Jackie Bonomo and Dorothy Blair wrote a mission statement and set up a first set of tasks to complete:

Mission: To assess the local food needs of Centre County and set goals for our local food future. Our aim is to use less energy and resources in food production, processing and distribution, to become more resilient, and to make our experience with food more pleasurable.

Mapping Local Food Sources and Outlets in Centre County:

  • Choose mapping software (Google Earth selected)
  • Choose category colors to identify farms, CSAs, processing centers, gardens, farmers markets and so forth.
  • Figure out how to distinguish “local” from “non-local” (define terms)
  • Enter location and category data into first draft of the food map

Needs Assessment – What food groups are not being produced locally and what infrastructure/programs do we need to build a local supply of those foods?

  • Investigate how other towns are addressing this issue and how populations in Centre County historically met most of their caloric needs locally.
  • Read the Community Food Security Handbook
  • Choose the food security model (from other towns and Centre County history) that best fits current and near future community needs
  • Collect food information to create two drawings: how Centre County people eat now, and the anticipated local diet as our food supply relocalizes
  • Prepare local food guide for fall 2012 (in CDT)
  • Collect information about the sources of food eaten at larger organizations (schools, restaurants, PSU) to set measurable goals for increasing the proportion produced locally.

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