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Building Our Resilient Food System: A Community Listening Session for the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan
October 25, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Help shape a sustainable food future for Santa Barbara County! Join us on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a free community listening and activation session that will explore the vision, progress and next steps planned for the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan that launched in May 2016. Share what your neighborhood, business, or organization is doing, and connect with others engaged in making a secure food system for our county.
At this event, community members will hear about the goals of the plan and learn about successes from the organizations and individuals actively pursuing these goals, including:
–Activists in Cuyama and Lompoc working to make sure that residents have access to healthy food
–Higher education institutions like UCSB, Allan Hancock College and Santa Barbara City College addressing student hunger
–Health workers soon piloting prescriptions for fruits and vegetables
–Agencies working together to prevent food waste
–Ranchers and farmers using regenerative agriculture practices to improve their soils and potentially help reverse climate change
Attendees, including individuals, businesses, schools, and organizations of all types, will also be encouraged to inform the process by sharing about their own regional work to create a more secure, sustainable food system. A networking session will provide time to seek out new partnerships and opportunities to support each other.
The event is being organized by the Community Environmental Council, the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, and the the Santa Barbara Foundation. Co-sponsors are Santa Barbara Food Alliance and the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network.
The Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan is a community-driven strategic plan that assesses and provides recommendations for how we grow, distribute, consume, and dispose of food. The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County and the Community Environmental Council spearheaded the project, with major support from the Santa Barbara Foundation. Community gatherings are an essential component of the Food Action Plan, which is designed to create a more resilient food system that supports a healthy economy, healthy people, and a healthy environment. Learn more at www.sbcfoodaction.org.