Friday, March 5, 2010

MN Conference to Explore 'Relocalizing Our Foodshed'

North Source: Dakota Ag Connection - 03/04/2010

A workshop on foodshed assessment, methods and models, will take place at the University of Minnesota's Coffman Memorial Union (Minneapolis East Bank campus) on March 15 and 16. These two days will be an opportunity for University and Community researchers to focus on emerging methods being used to study regional food systems and food system planning, and to consider how to address challenges involved in these methods, particularly around the relationship between research and implementation.

On Monday, the group will be joined by Christian Peters (Tufts - Nutrition Science and Policy) and Gail Feenstra (University of California Davis Food Systems Analyst - SARE), who will provide focusing keynotes for our discussions. Tuesday will be spent in small working groups to address issues of research development, interdisciplinary collaboration and funding opportunities.

This symposium was funded by the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development and is a joint effort between North Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota (where over 100 faculty and are currently involved in research, outreach, teaching and campus-based activities associated with the development of regional food systems).

If you are currently involved in food systems research, or would like to be involved with research efforts in the future, please consider attending this conference.

To register, please follow the "Click here to register" link under "Relocalizing our Foodshed" on the U of M's Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships website: Registration fee is $75.

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