eXtension Community Foods CoP Hosts Successful Conference

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With a targeted focus on the role racism plays in food security in America, eXtension’s Community, Local & Regional Food Systems (CLRFS) community successfully hosted the 2014 Food Security Conference this week. “Building Extension Capacity to Address Community Food Security through Food Systems” brought together over 100 university, industry, not-for-profit entities, and government organizations for workshops, poster presentations, tours and field visits related to food security in this country and throughout the world.

Brian Raison
, Ohio State University Extension community development specialist and CLRFS CoP leader, introduced trainers from The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond who led attendees through “Undoing Racism in Our Food Security Work”. The training team challenged attendees to define racism and its implications for society and CES today.

Skill development, alignment of research, fostering understanding between local and regional food systems and community food security and building the capacity of the CLRFS Community of Practice were all parts of the agenda. A poster session featured the work of both land grant and non-land grant work in the food security area.

Participants also started the conference with an urban food tour visiting two local farm with specialties in local food movements and food justice initiatives, and two urban farms in Cleveland.

This conference was made possible by eXtension and a grant from USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). For more information on the Community, Local & Regional Food Systems community please contact Brian Raison at raison.1@osu.edu.