Moving Beyond FEAST

• Introductions and Background
• Panel:
– Hannah Ancel, Community Food System
Coordinator, ACCESS Inc, Medford
– Spencer Masterson, Community Resource
Developer, Oregon Food Bank
• Formal FEAST Follow-up Options
• Q&A
About the FEAST model
• FEAST was developed as a response to the need
to help communities move to action around
community food systems work.
• These events are organized by a local steering
committee and feature local organizations
• A FEAST convenes a conversation that leads to a
self-determined organizing plan for food systems
work in the community
• Currently, OFB staff serve as facilitators, provide
suggestions, feedback and support, but do not
direct the outcomes.
Rogue Valley Food System Planning Process
•Applegate Valley (March 11, 2012)
•Phoenix/ Talent (April 24, 2012)
•Eagle Point (April 28, 2012)
•Ashland (May 12, 2012)
Community Food Conversations:
•Jacksonville (March 13, 2012)
•Rogue River (April 24, 2012)
•East Medford (June 19, 2012)
•West Medford (June 21, 2012)
•Central Point (June 26, 2012)
•Talent in Spanish (October 4, 2012)
•Illinois Valley (February 12, 2013)
Keeping People Engaged
Community Gatherings • Specific Projects • Email Updates
Rogue River Follow-up Gathering
Community Gardening Network
SNAP Incentive
Local Food Marketing
Cooking Demos
Healthy Corner Store Project
• 2 FEASTs (2010 and 2011)
• RARE AmeriCorps Community Food Assessment and
organizing (2010-12)
• Follow-up events within a year, culminating in monthly group
• FEAST groups became chapters of regional non-profit
Lebanon FEAST >>> TRFW East Linn
FEAST Follow Up
Priority: Food Literacy
Food Day Food Fair. 200+ attended
Panel discussion on local agriculture
Winter Gardening Workshop. 80+ attended
Other Programs Supported:
• SNAP Match at Farmers’ Market
• Garden Resource Guide
Albany FEAST >>> TRFW Albany
• No official “follow-up” event, though the
group kept meeting monthly.
• Also identified food literacy as a priority and
something practical.
– Cooking demos at Farmers’ Market
– Food Preservation Fair in conjunction w/East Linn
Other Programs Started:
• Fruit and Veggie Rx Program
Rural Organizing Considerations
• Distance
• Action Motivated
 Alternate meeting locations
 Identify community needs
 Meeting frequency
 Start with a task
 Community working groups
 Ex. Food Day Food Fair
• Meeting Format
• Alternative Engagement
 Informal vs. Formal
 Volunteer Opportunities
 Potluck
 Email/Phone/Skype
Wallowa County CFS Process
February 2011
Fall 2011
July 2012
Sept. 2012
October 2012
October 2013
Wallowa Food Systems Council formed
Community Food Assessment completed
Two -step Planning process begun with
prioritization of Opportunities
Group process to develop a one year
strategic plan
Review progress, evaluate next steps,
develop second year strategic plan
Sharon Thornberry
Megan Newell-Ching
Community Food Systems Manager
Phone: 971-205-5028
[email protected]
Community Resource Developer
Phone: 503-419-4186
[email protected]
Spencer Masterson
Community Resource Developer
Phone: 971-313-8585
[email protected]
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