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How to Create and Implement Healthy General Plans: A Toolkit for Building Healthy, Vibrant Communities Through Land Use Policy Change

General plans can be tools to help guide development, and the general planning process can be an effective forum in which local governments can facilitate this new partnership. Still, these are only part of a long-term strategy for incorporating health considerations into planning and development. This toolkit provides not only advice on how to include health-supporting policy in general plans but also strategies for institutionalizing interdisciplinary partnerships and ensuring that implementation strategies are embedded in these policies from the first.

Accessing Land for Farming in Ontario: A Guidebook for Farm Seekers and Farm Owners

This guidebook has been developed to assist farmers, especially new farmers, who are looking to “rent” or buy land for farming, and also farmland owners looking for someone to use their land for farming. This guidebook is intended as a practical guide or road map, facilitating preliminary discussion between a farm seeker and a farmland owner. It will help both think through the many choices that need to be made to arrive at the best possible arrangement.

Moving Food Along the Value Chain: Innovations in Regional Food Distribution

This study details how these organizations help local and regional producers overcome bottlenecks in the food marketing system through collaborative and transparent planning and adherence to a shared set of operating principles. By sharing lessons learned and best practices, the new study serves as a resource for producers, food processors and marketers organizing to supply local and regional food products to commercial customers.

The Farmland Protection Toolbox

State and local governments have led the response to agricultural land conversion. Nearly every state has enacted some form of property tax relief for farmland and right-to-farm laws. Thirty-one states have authorized farmland protection programs, and 16 have agricultural district programs that provide a variety of benefits including protection from eminent domain and municipal annexation. Local governments also have addressed the challenge. This article describes the tools most commonly used locally to reduce farm and ranch land conversion and to permanently protect agricultural land.

A North Okanagan Food System Plan: Strengthening the Regional Food System

Given the substantial number of issues related to the complex regional food system in North Okanagan, British Columbia, this report focuses only on some of the key issues for the region. These have been organized into three different sub-sections –the agricultural sector, health and the consumer, and resiliency. Each sub-section provides an overview of our regional assets and/or initiatives in place or pending, and an overview of the challenges to be overcome in the process of building a stronger, more resilient food system.

Cowichan Food Security Plan

The Cowichan Food Security Plan (the Plan) was developed in 2007 and updated in 2010 to track food security developments in our community and to highlight collective and individual barriers that still exist. The planning process continues to foster relationships among community sectors, organizations, and individuals, and the Plan’s recommendations are firmly grounded in the knowledge and values of the people of Cowichan. As a living document, it will evolve and change as our community grows.

Planning for Food and Agriculture: Taking a Systems Approach - County and Community-based Planning

This is one of two webinars as part of a series hosted by American Farmland Trust--Planning for Agriculture and Food:Taking a Systems Approach.

County and Community-based Planning, December 12
Presenters include David Shabadazian, Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG); Katie Lynd, Multnomah County Office of Sustainability (Multnomah)); Jason Grimm, Iowa Corridor Food and Agriculture Coalition (ICFAC); and Kathy Creahan, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks (King County).

A Healthy Community Food System Plan for Waterloo Region

A Healthy Community Food System Plan is just one of several reports prepared by Region of Waterloo Public Health as part of the implementation of the Regional Growth Management Strategy. This report contains a key informant consultation process, presents the community food system plan that consultation process developed, and informs further Public Health action related to food systems themes and the Growth Management Strategy.

Acres Protected by PACE Programs as a Percentage of Land in Farms, January 2011

This map depicts acres protected by PACE programs as a percentage of land in farms in each state. Acres protected by PACE Programs includes acres protected by state and local PACE programs as reported to the Farmland Information Center in the 2011 PACE state and local tables. Land in Farms is tracked by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service and was reported in the 2007 Census of Agriculture.

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