Bridgeport is hosting a 1.5-day community workshop on the topic of local foods and its potential for strengthening our local economy, supporting healthier people and neighborhoods, and revitalizing our downtown. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), US Department of Transportation (DOT), US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), and Delta Regional Authority (DRA) have selected Bridgeport for the Local Foods, Local Places technical assistance program, which will result in an action plan for strengthening our local food economy.
A team of these agency partners and their consultants will join local stakeholders to conduct a workshop in Bridgeport on September 7th and 8th. Your participation and knowledge of the local area is needed to help make this event a success. The workshop will bring together many key stakeholders from throughout our region to develop an action plan primarily around, but not limited to, these goal areas:
Sustain and continuously improve the value proposition of farmers markets in the community
Raise awareness of the farmers markets among low-income residents, especially those enrolled in SNAP
Leverage best, joint programming, fundraising, policy, and marketing/outreach campaigns across Bridgeport Farmers Market Collaborative (BFMC) members and the wider community of food-related organizations
Determine metrics of success and methodology for food system impact evaluation
Integrate urban agriculture into ongoing city initiatives
The workshop will include presentations on community livability and the roles that local foods play in supporting it, plus small group working sessions and discussions on the community’s vision and goals, and specific actions for reaching them. The workshop will lay out an action plan for moving forward.
Who: Stakeholders and community leaders such as you, local residents, and elected officials; along with representatives of EPA, USDA, DRA and contractors from Renaissance Planning.
What: Discussions on local foods and community livability, group work sessions, and networking that will result in a Community Action Plan.
Day 1 Evening Session: Thursday September 7th; 6-8:30 PM, B:Hive Bridgeport, 285 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604
Day 2 Action Planning Work Sessions: Friday September 8th; 9AM- 4PM, Burroughs Community Center, 2470 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06605
Please RSVP: Contact Rachel Zanfardino at 203-227-5320 or firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP for the workshop or RSVP online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/LFLPBridgeport
Your expertise, experience, and enthusiasm for the community and region will help make the workshop a success. We look forward to seeing you there.
Local Foods, Local Places Steering Committee
Margot Gotterer, Chair, Bridgeport Food Policy Council
Cristina Sandolo, Executive Director, Green Village Initiative (GVI)
Raquel Rivera-Pablo, Founder & Chef, A Pinch of Salt
Landon Horan, Program Manager, The Center for Food Equity & Economic Development at the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport
Jacob Robison – Planner – Office of Economic Development and Planning, City of Bridgeport
See agenda here.