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CFSC Recommended Resources

The following is a list of recommended resources that are relevant for community food security work. Most are organizations that are national in scope and offer information and support to non-profit and community-based groups. Many provide extensive information through their websites.

If you would like to suggest a resource to add, please contact Kai Siedenburg at [email protected].

This list is organized into the following subject areas:

Anti-Hunger


Feeding America

35 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60601
800-771-2303
feedingamerica.org
Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest) is the nation's largest domestic hunger relief organization. Through a network of over 200 food banks and food-rescue programs, they distribute food to 26 million hungry Americans each year, eight million of whom are children.

Food Research and Action Center

1875 Connecticut Ave., NW Suite 540, Washington, DC 20009
202-986-2200
www.frac.org
The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is a leading national organization working to improve public policies to eradicate hunger and under-nutrition in the United States. Founded in 1970 as a public interest law firm, FRAC is a nonprofit and nonpartisan research and public policy center that serves as the hub of an anti-hunger network of thousands of individuals and agencies across the country.

World Hunger Year, Inc.

505 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10018
212-629-8850
www.whyhunger.org
WHY is convinced that solutions to hunger and poverty can be found at the grassroots level. WHY advances long-term solutions to hunger and poverty by supporting community-based organizations that empower individuals and build self-reliance, i.e., offering job training, education and after school programs; increasing access to housing and healthcare; providing micro-credit and entrepreneurial opportunities; teaching people to grow their own food; and assisting small farmers. WHY connects these organizations to funders, media and legislators. WHY also manages the National Hunger Clearinghouse, the only centralized national database of innovative organizations working on food, nutrition and agriculture issues in the country.

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Coalition Building


AHEC/Community Partners

24 South Prospect Street, Amherst, MA 01002
413-253-4283
[email protected]
www.ahecpartners.org
A Massachusetts based organization committed to developing, promoting and sustaining community-based efforts. Organizational goals are to increase collaboration within and between communities, to build citizen participation, and to improve community quality of life. Programs focus on expanding health care access and creating healthy communities. Their website includes extensive information on coalition building.

Midwest Academy

28 E. Jackson Street #605, Chicago, IL 60604
312-427-2304
[email protected]
The Midwest Academy offers five-day training sessions for leaders and staff of citizen and community groups. The Academy is one of the nation's oldest and best known schools for community organizations, citizen organizations and individuals committed to progressive social change. The Academy also supports professional trainers around the country who are available for coalition trainings.

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Community Building, Community Development


ABCD Institute for Policy Research
Northwestern University

2040 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208
Audrey Chambers, Publications Director
847-491-8712 Alice Chambers Publications Director for ABCD

ABCD Publications

ACTA, 4848 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640
800-397-2282
The source for ABCD Publications.
www.northwestern.edu/IPR/abcd.html
The Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD), established in 1995 by the Community Development Program at Northwestern University's Institute for Policy Research, is built upon three decades of community development research by John Kretzmann and John L. McKnight. The ABCD Institute spreads its findings on capacity-building community development in two ways: (1) through extensive and substantial interactions with community builders, and (2) by producing practical resources and tools for community builders to identify, nurture, and mobilize neighborhood assets.

Center for Civic Partnerships

1851 Heritage Lane, Suite 250, Sacramento, CA 95815
916-646-8680
[email protected]
www.civicpartnerships.org
The Center for Civic Partnerships (Center) assists communities and organizations in creating the physical, social, and economic conditions in which people can be healthy by providing technical assistance, educational programs, publications, funding resources and opportunities, and consultation. Some of the Center's publications include: From Organization Practices to Public Policies: Local Strategies to Increase Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (2003); Fresh Ideas for Community Nutrition and Physical Activity (2002); and Sustainability Toolkit: 10 Steps to Maintaining Your Community Improvements (2001).

National Community Building Network

1624 Franklin Street, Suite 1000, Oakland, CA 94612
510-663-6226
[email protected]
www.ncbn.org
The NCBN is a national membership organization that serves as a hub for brokering information and connections among community builders. NCBN offers an annual conference on community building.

University of Kansas Community Tool Box

www.ctb.lsi.ukans.edu
The Community Tool Box aims to promote community health and development by connecting people, ideas and resources. The web site is created and maintained by the University of Kansas Work Group on Health Promotion and Community Development in Lawrence, KS, and AHEC/Community Partners in Amherst, Massachusetts. Currently, the core of the Tool Box is the "how-to tools." These how-to sections use simple, friendly language to explain how to do the different tasks necessary for community health and development. For instance, there are sections on leadership, strategic planning, community assessment, advocacy, grant writing, and evaluation to give just a few examples. Each section includes a description of the task, advantages of doing it, step-by-step guidelines, examples, checklists of points to review, and training materials.

Cultivating Community: Principles and Practices for Community Gardening as a Community Building Tool by Karen Payne & Deborah Fryman

American Community Gardening Association
1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203-2040
www.communitygarden.org
This document showcases how community gardening programs can advance community development, as well as empower local leadership and nurture families, strengthen economic development, and improve quality of life overall. Cultivating Community provides useful tips on how approach community gardening as an organizing tool, and highlights specific practices and activities that have proven to work. It also features stories and case studies from community gardens around the country.

Growing Communities Curriculum: Community Building and Organizational Development through Community Gardening by Jeanette Abi-Nader, Kendall Dunnigan, Kristen Markley and David Buckley

American Community Gardening Association
1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203-2040
www.communitygarden.org
The Curriculum provides an in-depth exploration into the practices and strategies community organizers can use to develop dynamic leaders and to create strong programs using a participatory approach to community building. This 300+ page curriculum builds on the years of ACGA experiences and includes chapters and detailed workshop outlines on Diversity, Asset-Based Community Development, Community Organizing 101, Leadership Development, Meeting Facilitation, Board Development, Grassroots Fundraising, Communications and Outreach, Coalition Building and How to Lead a Workshop.

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Community Food Systems


Community Food Security 101

This lively, interactive educational tool enables participants to walk through the food system and brainstorm about creative community solutions. It includes materials and complete instructions for a one to two hour session.
Download pdf file

Food and Nutrition Information Center, Community Food Systems Site

www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/etext/000061.html
This site is loaded with information on food and nutrition and how they relate to community food systems. It includes links to a farmer's market state by state directory, profiles of successful community food system projects, articles and links to sites on food system related topics and organizations, dietary guidelines and information and an A to Z information bank of food and nutrition related topics.

University of California Sustainable Agriculture and Research Program (SAREP)

University of California
One Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616
530-752-7556
[email protected]
www.sarep.ucdavis.edu/cdpp/
SAREP funds sustainable agriculture and food systems projects in California, sponsors conferences and workshops, and publishes reports and a quarterly newsletter. The website includes an extensive bibliography of Community Food System resources and descriptions of currently funded SAREP projects.

Community Food Security: A Guide to Concept, Design, and Implementation

Editor: Hugh Joseph
Community Food Security Coalition
3830 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
503-954-2970
Go to order form
This guidebook details such issues as the concept of CFS, community food planning, needs assessments, building collaborations and coalitions, project implementation, entrepreneurship, funding, program sustainability, case studies, and multiple attachments Community Food Security Resource Kit: How to Find Money, Technical Assistance, and Other Help to Fight Hunger and Strengthen Local Food Systems

USDA Community Food Security Initiative

Room 536-A, 14th & Independence, SW
Washington, DC 20250
202-720-5746
http://www.csrees.usda.gov/ProgView.cfm?prnum=1687

Growing a Community Food System by Steven Garrett and Gail Feenstra

Bulletins Office, Washington State University
Cooper Publications Building
P.O. Box 645912
Pullman, WA 99164-5912
http://cru.cahe.wsu.edu/CEPublications/wrep0135/wrep0135abstract.htm
This 20-page publication presents practical steps and processes for communities interested in building a community food system. It describes how to establish strong coalitions and plan strategically. The authors outline key components of the process including: visioning, community food system assessment, development of project concepts, and evaluation planning. Western Regional Extension publication number WREP0135, available for, $2.50.

The Hartford Food System by Dawn Biehler and Melissa Sepos

509 Wethersfield Avenue, Hartford, CT 06114
860-296-9325
www.hartfordfood.org
This manual can act as a blueprint for organizations seeking to adopt the core principles, concepts and philosophies of the Hartford Food System in their work towards creating a new working model sustainable food system.

Local Food Project: A How-to Manual by Gary L. Valen

The Humane Society of the United States
2100 L St, NW
Washington, DC 20037
202-452-1100
www.hsus.org
This readable 43-page guidebook provides practical advice on various aspects of planning and implementing a local food project. It includes a nationwide annotated resource list of organizations.

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Community Gardening/Urban Agriculture


American Community Gardening Association

1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203-2040
www.communitygarden.org
The American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) is a national nonprofit membership organization of professionals, volunteers and supporters of community greening in urban and rural communities. ACGA offers an annual conference and publications centered on community building and greening.

City Farmer, Canada's Office of Urban Agriculture

Vancouver, BC, Canada
[email protected]
www.cityfarmer.org/urbagnotes1.html#notes
This site includes an array of resources (organizations, website links, books, etc.) on urban agriculture and community gardening.

Entrepreneurial Community Gardens: Growing Food, Skills, Jobs and Communities by Gail Feenstra, Sharyl McGrew and David Campbell

University of California
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Publications
6701 San Pablo Avenue, 2nd Floor
Oakland, CA 94608-1239
800-994-8849
danrcs.ucdavis.edu
This document is the result of a two-year study evaluating the success and failures of 27 community building organizations working with entrepreneurial urban agricultural projects. The document covers -how they were started, what it takes to make them work, how successful they have been in contributing to economic development and what lessons might be learned for potential new projects.

Growing Communities Curriculum: Community Building and Organizational Development through Community Gardening


by Jeanette Abi-Nader, Kendall Dunnigan, Kristen Markley and David Buckley

American Community Gardening Association
1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203-2040
www.communitygarden.org
The Curriculum provides an in-depth exploration into the practices and strategies community organizers can use to develop dynamic leaders and to create strong programs using a participatory approach to community building. This 300+ page curriculum builds on the years of ACGA experiences and includes chapters and detailed workshop outlines on Diversity, Asset-Based Community Development, Community Organizing 101, Leadership Development, Meeting Facilitation, Board Development, Grassroots Fundraising, Communications and Outreach, Coalition Building and How to Lead a Workshop.

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Direct Marketing


USDA Agricultural Marketing Service

www.ams.usda.gov
The extensive USDA Agricultural Marketing Service site includes links to various agricultural marketing topics including farmer's markets, direct marketing, the National Organic Program and fruit and vegetable information. Two links on this site of special interest are www.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets which includes a National Directory of Farmer's Markets (also available by print at 202-720-8317) and www.ams.usda.gov/directmarketing which includes news, announcements, publications and resources on direct marketing topics including farm to school, farmer's markets, wholesale and alternative marketing.

Guide to Educational Resources on Direct Marketing

by David Chaney, Gail Feenstra, Karen Levy
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP)
University of California
One Shields Ave. Davis, CA 95616
530-752-7556
[email protected]
www.sarep.ucdavis.edu/cdpp/
Annotated list of recommended resources related to farmers markets, CSAs, roadside stands, coops, and other direct marketing approaches. Web version will be available later.

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Environmental Justice


Community Coalition for Environmental Justice

105-14th Av Suite 3-C, Seattle, WA 98122
206-720-0285
www.ccej.org
CCEJ works on social, economic and environmental health issues that disproportionately impact people of color, refugee, immigrant, and low income communities. CCEJ successfully organized communities to fight polluters such as the VA Hospital's medical waste incinerator in Beacon Hill, and industry in South Park. Trainers are offered on building community coalitions, which identifies and eliminates environmental injustice, and advocates for and creates environmental justice.

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Food System Assessment


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Sustainable Food Center
1106 Clayton Lane, Suite 480W, Austin, TX 78723
512-236-0074
www.sustainablefoodcenter.org/SFC_reports.html
This study describes a neighborhood food system, shows how it fails to meet community needs, and makes suggestions for actions to improve the situation.

Seeds of Change: Strategies for Food Security for the Inner City by Linda Ashman, et. al.

UCLA Urban Planning Department & CFSC
Available for download from www.foodsecurity.org
The product of a year's work for six researchers, Seeds of Change is perhaps the most thorough documentation of an urban community's food system. There are sections on hunger, nutrition, food industry, supermarket industry, community case study, farmers' markets, urban agriculture, joint ventures, and food policy councils.

What's Cooking in Your Food System? A Guide to Community Food Assessment

by Hannah Burton, et. al.
Community Food Security Coalition
3830 SE Division, Portland, OR 97202
503-954-2970
Available for download from www.foodsecurity.org
Learn about Community Food Assessments, a creative way to highlight food-related resources and needs, promote collaboration and community participation, and create lasting change. This Guide includes case studies of nine Community Food Assessments (see PDF file); tips for planning and organizing an assessment; guidance on research methods and strategies for promoting community participation; and ideas for translating an assessment into action for change.

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Fundraising


The Foundation Center

79 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003
212-620-4230
www.fdncenter.org
The Foundation Center's mission is to support and improve institutional philanthropy by promoting public understanding of the field and helping grantseekers succeed. Founded in 1956, the Center is the nation's leading authority on institutional philanthropy and is dedicated to serving grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public.

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Local Food Policy


Getting Food on the Table: An Action Guide to Local Food Policy

by Dawn Biehler, Andy Fisher, Kai Siedenburg, Mark Winne and Jill Zachary
Community Food Security Coalition
3830 SE Division, Portland, OR 97202
503-954-2970
Available for download from www.foodsecurity.org
This guide includes a department by department inventory of local programs, policies and functions that provide opportunities for supporting community food security. The guide also includes case studies, advice from experienced food policy advocates, a resource guide and federat funding sources.

The Hartford Food System

by Dawn Biehler and Melissa Sepos
509 Wethersfield Avenue, Hartford, CT 06114
860-296-9325
This manual can act as a blueprint for organizations seeking to adopt the core principles, concepts and philosophies of the Hartford Food System in their work towards creating a new working model sustainable food system.

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Nutrition and Nutrition Education


Food and Nutrition Information Center, Community Food Systems Site

www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/etext/000061.html
This site is loaded with information on food and nutrition and how they relate to community food systems. It includes links to a farmer's market state by state directory, profiles of successful community food system projects, articles and links to sites on food system related topics and organizations, dietary guidelines and information and an A to Z information bank of food and nutrition related topics.

Food & Health Communications, Inc.

P.O. Box 266498, Weston, FL 33326
800-462-2352 or 954-385-5328
www.foodandhealth.com/handout.shtml
This site offers several food and nutrition educational handouts that can be downloaded and used for trainings. Topics include diet and weight loss, fruits and vegetables, heart disease and nutrition and wellness.

Tufts University Nutrition Navigator

navigator.tufts.edu
The Tufts University Nutrition Navigator is the first online rating and review guide that solves the two major problems Web users have when seeking nutrition information: how to quickly find information best suited to their needs and whether to trust the information they find there. The Tufts University Nutrition Navigator is designed to help you sort through the large volume of nutrition information on the Internet and find accurate, useful nutrition information you can trust.

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School and College Food


FarmToCollege.org

CFSC's Farm to College Program website; an excellent information clearinghouse for both new and existing farm to college projects, with practical tools and resources, profiles of 140 projects, and updates on trends in the movement. If your college or university purchases products from local farmers, please make sure your program is listed on the site and the information is up to date.

National Farm to School Network

www.farmtoschool.org
Offers training and technical assistance, information services, networking, and support in policy and media and marketing activities.

Healthy Farms, Healthy Kids: Evaluating the Barriers and Opportunities for Farm-to-School Programs

by Andrea Azuma and Andy Fisher
Community Food Security Coalition
3830 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
503-954-2970
Available for download at www.foodsecurity.org
This report documents the barriers and opportunities for school food services to purchase food directly from local farmers. Case studies and policy recommendations are included.

Fast Food Nation: The dark side of the all American Meal

by Eric Schlosser
As one reviewer put it, Fast Food Nation is "a stomach-churning critique of the health and labor practices of the burger business, which argues that Americans should change their dietary habits." Schlosser's book is convincing, detailed and well-informed.

Action Alliance for Children

1201 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland, CA 94612
510-444-7136
www.4children.org/news/599food.htm
Includes an article, "What are we feeding our kids?" which originally appeared in the Action Alliance for Children's March-April 1999 Children's Advocate newsmagazine. The site also includes information on other Children advocacy issues.

University of Wisconsin
Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems

1450 Linden Drive, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706
608-262-5200
[email protected]
www.cias.wisc.edu
Learn about colleges and universities around Wisconsin who are connecting with local farmer's for their campus food service needs.

Local Food Project: A How-to Manual

by Gary L. Valen
The Humane Society of the United States
2100 L St, NW, Washington, DC 20037
202-452-1100
www.hsus.org
This readable 43-page guidebook provides practical advice on various aspects of planning and implementing a local food project. It includes a nationwide annotated resource list of organizations.

Northern Iowa Food & Farm Partnership

Center for Energy and Environmental Education, University of Northern Iowa
http://www.uni.edu/ceee/foodproject

Community Food Systems Project of Practical Farmers of Iowa

http://www.pfi.iastate.edu/Local_Food_Syst/Field_to_family.htm

Innovative Marketing Opportunities for Small Farmers: Local Schools as Customers

February 2000. USDA.

How Local Farmers and School Food Service Buyers are Building Alliances

May 2000. USDA.

Order these two publications from Dan Schofer, 202-690-1170, [email protected]

Oxfam America's Change Initiative Toolkit

For students interested in developing farm to college projects.
http://www.oxfamamerica.org/youth/art1767.html

FoodRoutes Network

To locate farmers and farm groups in your area and for information on developing educational campaigns, contact the FoodRoutes Network.
http://www.foodroutes.org

National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture

For information on policy issues that support your local farmers and the environment, contact Becky Ceartas with the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture.
[email protected], 845-744-8448
http://www.sustainableagriculture.net

Public Citizen - Irradiated Food Campaign

For information on the campaign to keep irradiated food off campuses or to receive an activist packet, contact Monique Mikhail at Public Citizen 202-546-4996 or [email protected]
or check out www.citizen.org/cmep/foodsafety.

Real Food Challenge

realfoodchallenge.org
Unites students for a more just and sustainable food system. Organizing both locally and nationally, the Challenge is building a student movement strong enough to transform our food economy.

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Sustainable Agriculture and Family Farming


ATTRA-Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas

P.O. Box 3657, Fayetteville, AR 72702
800-346-9140
www.attra.org
Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas-is the national sustainable farming information center operated by the private nonprofit National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). ATTRA provides technical assistance to farmers, Extension agents, market gardeners, agricultural researchers, and other ag professionals in all 50 states. Topics addressed by ATTRA can be categorized into three broad areas: sustainable farming production practices, alternative crop and livestock enterprises and innovative marketing. Technical assistance, publications, and resources are provided free of charge to appropriate users. ATTRA is funded through a cooperative agreement with the USDA Rural Business--Cooperative Service agency.

National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture

P.O. Box 396, Pine Bush, New York 12566
845-744-8448
www.sustainableagriculture.net
The National Campaign For Sustainable Agriculture, Inc. is dedicated to educating the public on the importance of a sustainable food and agriculture system that is economically viable, environmentally sound, socially just, and humane.

Sustainable Agriculture Working Groups (SAWGs)

Five regional Sustainable Agriculture Working Groups (SAWGs) coordinate educational and advocacy efforts to advance sustainable agriculture in their regions. Their contact information is available on the National Campaign website.

Robyn Van En Center for CSA Resources

Wilson College Fulton Center for Sustainable Living
1015 Philadelphia Ave, Chambersburg PA 17201
717-264-4141 ext. 3352 contact person Jayne Shord
[email protected]
www.csacenter.org
Wilson College is a small, women-centered liberal arts college in southern Pennsylvania founded in 1869. The Fulton Center for Sustainable Living was created in 1994 to integrate sustainability issues into the curriculum and to utilize the school's 100-acre farm as a living laboratory. The Community Supported Agriculture Project was created in 1997 to promote and support CSA in Pennsylvania and beyond. This site includes extensive information on CSA's and provides a state-by-state directory of CSA's.

Sustainable Communities Network, Agriculture and Food Systems Site

www.sustainable.org/economy/agriculture.html
Provides a detailed resource list of organizations utilizing whole systems approaches to sustainable agriculture. Includes an extensive reading list. Presents seven successful sustainable agriculture and community development case studies. Links to similar resources in areas of related interest including forestry, economic development, manufacturing, urban/rural ties, technology and fisheries.

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