Auburn HCI Chooses to Focus on Local Foods

Posted by IndianaHCI on March 30, 2017, in Uncategorized.

In late January, 2017, the Auburn HCI Team came together to choose their Program Track. At a previous meeting, the team had narrowed it down to two choices—Rebuilding the Local Foods System or Wayfinding/Gateways. The team discussed the merits of both Program Tracks. They discussed the benefits and connectivity of local foods to the community versus improving the overall impression of the community through a Gateway project. After much discussion, the team agreed on the Rebuilding the Local Foods System Program Track.

This Program Track examines the local food system assets and ways to possibly address any inadequacies in the food system. The HCI Auburn Team will work with community stakeholders to address and prioritize these issues in an asset-based examination of opportunities.

Moving forward, the team will be taking a deep dive into research with the five learning Modules in their timeline. Their timeline extends about six months as they prepare to gather more information from the community and develop actionable items to implement. Modules 1 and 2 provide time for the team to identify food and food system values and research local food system topics. Module 3 follows with the Local Food Summit which will allow participants from across the region to attend and learn more about what currently exists. After the Local Food Summit, Modules 4 and 5 emphasize assembling the information gathered and formulating project ideas.

The Auburn HCI Team has planned their Local Food Summit for May 15, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the 4-H Extension Building at the Dekalb County Fairgrounds.