Community Agriculture Planning Project: A New Urban Planning and Local Agriculture Initiative in San Diego County
CAPP is a systematic, multi-jurisdictional approach to proactively assist cities with food system planning. Working with six partner cities across San Diego County, CAPP seeks to increase access to healthy food environments by modifying local plans and policies to increase community food production, access and consumption. Initiative phases include: 1) training, relationship-building and visioning; 2) analysis, feasibility testing and action-planning; and 3) implementation and evaluation. It ensures that new policy directions reflect existing community plans goals and work with, rather than against, the city planning process. CAPP employs a multi-dimensional approach including the provision of training, technical assistance, new tools and resources combined with a community engagement model to establish city policies and implement local food projects, such as urban farms, farmers markets, and community gardens in underserved neighborhoods of San Diego County.
As a result of phase one, six cities have become active partners in CAPP, devoting significant staff time to build their knowledge about community agriculture policies and to work collaboratively with their respective CAPP team partners.
Learning Areas:Diversity and culture
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related public policy
Describe model practices from the project for advancing high-impact policies to improve access to and consumption of healthy foods. Discuss innovative strategies for leveraging federal funding streams to advance upstream food system policy efforts to reduce obesity.
Keyword(s): Food Security, Policy/Policy Development
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Nutrition Manager for the County of San Diego HHSA with extensive experience in planning and implementing public health programs for improving nutrition and access to healthy food options.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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