University of Minnesota
University Relations
Regional Partnership for Sustainable Development
SARE Building Capacity for Local Foods Design Thinking Workshop
Virajita Singh, Molly Eagen, Kamana Dhakhwa
May 24, 2012
To determine what local food topics would be developed into learning modules for the SARE Building Capacity for Local Foods project, the research team conducted a series of community meetings in Napoleon, North Dakota; Spearfish, South Dakota; and Bemidji, Minnesota. The University of Minnesota's College of Design led a "Design Thinking" workshop in each community to help community participants identify their visions and long term goals for their community's local food system. This report overviews the innovative Design Thinking process that was used to help community members think like designers to envision a sustainable local food system for their communities.

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Comparing the Structure, Size, and Performance of Local and Mainstream Food Supply Chains
Robert P. King, Michael S. Hand, Gigi DiGiacomo, Kate Clancy, Miguel I. Gómez, Shermain D. Hardesty, Larry Lev, and Edward W. McLaughlin
May 24, 2012
A series of coordinated case studies compares the structure, size, and performance of local food supply chains with those of mainstream supply chains. Interviews and site visits with farms and businesses, supplemented with secondary data, describe how food moves from farms to consumers in 15 food supply chains. Key comparisons between supply chains include the degree of product differentiation, diversification of marketing outlets, and information conveyed to consumers about product origin. The cases highlight differences in prices and the distribution of revenues among supply chain participants, local retention of wages and proprietor income, transportation fuel use, and social capital creation.

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Making the Farm to School Connection -
JoAnne Berkenkamp
May 24, 2012
Opportunities and Barriers to Greater Use of Locally Grown Produce in Public Schools

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Homegrown Minneapolis Local Foods Initiative - Report presented June 15, 2009
Kristen Klingler - Coordinator
May 24, 2012
Homegrown Minneapolis is built on the idea that a strong local food system can
positively impact the health, food security, economy and environment of our city
and the surrounding region. The City of Minneapolis can play an important role in
this process by supporting residents’ efforts to grow, sell, distribute, and consume
more fresh, sustainably produced and locally grown foods. The goal of the first
phase of the Homegrown Minneapolis initiative was to identify and convene
stakeholders from across the community to discuss food issues, challenges and
opportunities, and develop specific recommendations for ways in city policies,
practices and resources can support and expand the local food system.

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USDA - ERS Report - Local Food Systems - Concepts, Impacts, and Issues
Steve Martinez
May 24, 2012
This comprehensive overview of local food systems explores alternative defi nitions of local
food, estimates market size and reach, describes the characteristics of local consumers and
producers, and examines early indications of the economic and health impacts of local food
systems. There is no consensus on a defi nition of “local” or “local food systems” in terms of
the geographic distance between production and consumption. But defi ning “local” based on
marketing arrangements, such as farmers selling directly to consumers at regional farmers’
markets or to schools, is well recognized. Statistics suggest that local food markets account
for a small, but growing, share of U.S. agricultural production. For smaller farms, direct
marketing to consumers accounts for a higher percentage of their sales than for larger farms.
Findings are mixed on the impact of local food systems on local economic development and
better nutrition levels among consumers, and sparse literature is so far inconclusive about
whether localization reduces energy use or greenhouse gas emissions.

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Consumer perceptions of the safety, health and environmental impact of various scales and geographic origin of food supply chains
Pirog, Larson
May 24, 2012
Rich Pirog
Associate Director and Marketing and Food Systems Program Leader
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Andy Larson
MBA Graduate Student, College of Business, Iowa State University
September 2007

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Fast Food, Slow Food - How our food choices impact behavior
Maggie Ademak, University of Minnesota
May 24, 2012
This slideshow discusses the effects of sugar-infused food products on American children and families. It was presented to wellness committees from 26 schools in Northwest Minnesota on Feb 2, 2006.

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Finding Food in Farm Country Northwest Minnesota
Ken Meter, Crossroads Resource Center
May 24, 2012
This series of slides, available as a pdf document, provides a regional view of the food and farm economy in Northwest Minnesota

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Marketplace Presentation
Linda Kingery; David DeMuth, Jr.; S. Andrew Sheppard
May 24, 2012
This presentation details the development of the LocalFoods website, beginning with the motivating factors and demonstrating various features of the site. Also includes hit statistics for 2005. Originally presented at the January 2006 Marketplace for Entrepreneurs in Fargo, ND.

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Policies and Models Concerning Farm to School Program
Sara Klawitter, student intern
May 24, 2012
Many schools that are currently involved in Farm-to-School programs rewrote their school lunch policies to encompass not only the food served to the children, but the nutrition education of the students, teachers, and parents. The policies consider everything from school meals to vending machines to the food served at after school events.

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Robert King
May 24, 2012
A talk by R. King (UMN, Dept. Applied Economics) on research that is in progress on Consumer Attitudes about Local Foods, given at the Morris campus on April 2, 2007 at the "Home Grown Economy: Foods from Local Farms as an Economic Development Tool."

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