in 2019 Healthy Roots Collaborative recently requested technical assistance through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Local Foods, Local Places program to engage residents and develop an action plan for promoting the local food system and a more healthy, walkable, economically vibrant community. The goals of the Local Foods, Local Places program are to create:
- More economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses.
- Better access to healthy, local food, especially among disadvantaged groups.
- Revitalized downtowns, main streets, and neighborhoods.
The Local Foods, Local Places program is also supported the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Northern Border Regional Commission, and St. Albans City was one of 15 communities across the United States selected to participate in the program in 2019.
The technical assistance engagement process has three phases:
- The plan phase consists of three preparation conference calls with the steering committee and technical assistance team to clarify goals and arrange workshop logistics.
- The convene phase includes the effort’s capstone event—a two-day workshop in the community.
- The act phase includes three follow up conference calls to finalize a community action plan and strategize on how to maintain momentum generated during the workshop.
You can view the Community Action Plan available here: St Albans City Report.