One of the specific goals identified for the Rebuilding Your Local Food System pilot project is a food assessment for Elkhart County. Purdue Extension will help us gather and examine available data in order to understand the agricultural, economic, and social data relevant to rebuilding our community food systems. The assessment will provide us with a baseline with which to appreciate the challenges and opportunities embedded in our current context, formulate strategy for the rebuilding process, and track our progress.
Maple City Market and Transition Goshen have also engaged Ken Meter to consider a visit to Elkhart County to report on the statewide Hoosier Farmer survey commissioned by the Indiana Department of Health in 2012, and to explore opportunities for helping us probe questions arising from his report and from the Extension assessment (once the pilot program ends).
Ken is a consultant with Crossroads Resource Center in Minnesota:
Ken Meter is one of the most experienced food system analysts in the United States. His work integrates market analysis, business development, systems thinking, and social concerns. As president of Crossroads Resource Center, Meter holds 41 years experience in inner-city and rural community capacity building.
The visit might focus on engaging additional stakeholders from the health sector in particular. Regardless, the visit would intend to deepen our inquiry, provide an opportunity to engage more community members and stakeholders, and help convene fresh conversations.
We are looking at potential dates for a visit in May (2-3 or 23-24). If you have input, questions, or would like to help sponsor a visit from Ken Meter, please email email@example.com