Simon Fraser University - Continuing Studies, City Program

Community Food Systems
March 7, 2014 - 9:00am - March 8, 2014 - 5:30pm
SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre Campus
515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver
BC
CPD Learning Units: 
14

Food isn't just what we eat. Eating is only one part of a vast global system that grows, processes, packages, markets, and ultimately discards food. Regrettably, today's industrial food system is failing not only our communities, but also our environment and our bodies. But there is an alternative recipe for food—a sustainable one—that promises to bring food and agriculture back into our communities so that they're more vibrant, vital, and healthy for everyone.

Drawing from leading food system practitioners and best practices from across North America, we will explore a broad scope of community food system opportunities, including land use planning, urban design strategies, bringing food into land and economic development efforts, and successful grassroots initiatives.

Emphasizing implementation, we will explore topics such as how to get local decision-makers on board and using social media and other communication techniques effectively. You'll learn through presentations, panels involving a range of guest speakers, and large- and small-group discussion and activities so you and others in the course can consider the role of food in your communities, organizations, and sustainability efforts.

This is an essential course for mid-career professionals in the emerging field of community food systems—the next "big thing" in sustainability.

For more information and to register, click here.