In order to continue to foster and grow a sustainable partnership with food network leaders across the state, Health and Nutrition educators explored the opportunities and challenges presented by the emergence of a statewide food network in Minnesota and the role of Extension within it.
This report provides a summary of the findings from interviews with leaders of other statewide and multi-state food networks, and highlights opportunities, challenges, and best practices that emerged through 10 categories that describe the different phases and key activities of a network.
Additionally, the report findings are presented through an overarching concept of understanding networks as ecosystems (see infographic on p
age 3), because the processes at play within food networks mimic many of those found in nature.
Harden, N., Heim, S., & Bain, J. (2015). Cultivating collective action: The ecology of a statewide food network . St. Paul, MN: Health and Nutrition, University of Minnesota Extension.
USDA SNAP Education
Harden, Noelle; Bain, Jamie; Heim, Stephanie.
Cultivating collective action: The ecology of a statewide food network.
St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension.
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