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Agenda. 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.

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  1. Agenda • 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

  2. 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.

  3. Rogue Valley Food System Planning Process FEASTs: 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)

  4. Keeping People Engaged Community Gatherings • Specific Projects • Email Updates Rogue River Follow-up Gathering Community Gardening Network

  5. Outcomes SNAP Incentive Local Food Marketing Healthy Corner Store Project Cooking Demos

  6. 2 FEASTs (2010 and 2011) • RARE AmeriCorps Community Food Assessment and organizing (2010-12) • Follow-up events within a year, culminating in monthly group meetings • FEAST groups became chapters of regional non-profit

  7. Lebanon FEAST >>> TRFW East Linn FEAST Follow Up Priority: Food Literacy Food Day Food Fair. 200+ attended

  8. Panel discussion on local agriculture Winter Gardening Workshop. 80+ attended Other Programs Supported: • SNAP Match at Farmers’ Market • Garden Resource Guide

  9. 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

  10. Rural Organizing Considerations • Distance • Alternate meeting locations • Meeting frequency • Community working groups • Meeting Format • Informal vs. Formal • Potluck • Action Motivated • Identify community needs • Start with a task • Ex. Food Day Food Fair • Alternative Engagement • Volunteer Opportunities • Email/Phone/Skype

  11. Wallowa County CFS Process February 2011 FEAST Fall 2011 Wallowa Food Systems Council formed July 2012 Community Food Assessment completed Sept. 2012 Two -step Planning process begun with prioritization of Opportunities October 2012 Group process to develop a one year strategic plan October 2013 Review progress, evaluate next steps, develop second year strategic plan

  12. Sharon ThornberryMegan Newell-Ching Community Food Systems Manager Community Resource Developer Phone: 971-205-5028 Phone: 503-419-4186 sthornberry@oregonfoodbank.orgmnewellching@oregonfoodbank.org Spencer Masterson Community Resource Developer Phone: 971-313-8585 smasterson@oregonfoodbank.org Connect With Us on Social Media! http://www.facebook.com/oregonfoodbankcfs https://twitter.com/#!/OFB_SharonT