Establishing Neighborhood Food Security Systems

Jonathan Brandt

In the next disaster, communities will struggle to provide fresh food to hungry mouths – unless they first lay the groundwork for resilient food production. Join us to discover and discuss the steps necessary to develop a sustainable closed-loop food production system at the neighborhood scale. In this pre-disaster mitigation approach, we will identify essential components of neighborhood food security and draw connections to redundant systems that prove vital to successful implementation. This class will cover how to unlock and increase capacity for project leadership and neighborhood investment, design for appropriate scales, craft persuasive and inclusive messaging, identify funding sources, and have fun doing it. We will also explore real-world examples from Portland and brainstorm elements of the most resilient local food systems we can imagine.

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