The Food & Society (FAS) initiative is a new Food Systems and Rural Development (FSRD) initiative to support the creation and expansion of community based food systems enterprises (CBEs) that are locally owned and controlled, environmentally sound and health promoting. For a better understanding of the types of programs FAS supports, read our grant guidelines. In April, FAS convened a conference in Denver, Colo., titled “Building Capacity For Community-Based Food Systems” that brought together community activists, business leaders, farmers, ranchers, scholars and thought leaders to explore and discuss the community-based food system concept and its opportunity to improve rural communities, the environment and public health. A copy of the conference program is available here.
To review the topics and presenters who participated in the conference, please click here. All conference proceedings will be available here in early June, including a multimedia review of the presentations and interviews with conference participants.
Complete information about last year’s meeting “Local Enterprises – Global Visions” is available here.
If you are a media professional and are interested in covering this year’s meeting or any other aspect of FAS’s work, please contact Nicole de Beaufort for more information.