Healthy Eating

Community Agriculture Planning Project

 
Consuming fruits and vegetables, and growing and cooking your own food, are associated with positive growth and development, weight management and a decreased risk for chronic disease. However, many children and families lack equal access to fresh, affordable produce and other healthful foods. In San Diego County, a significant majority of low-income residents, including children, indicate that there are days of the week when they do not eat a single fresh fruit or vegetable.
 
Food access is not simply an obesity issue, but also a community development and equity issue. Community-based food production is an important strategy for addressing food access issues, and also serves as an important source of healthy and culturally appropriate food for children and families.
 
Some cities in San Diego County have adopted healthy food systems policies to support community-based food production, and community demand for more policies to make it easier to produce local food is growing.  
 
To address how urban planning can improve local agriculture, Healthy Works is working in partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to lead the Community Agriculture Planning Project (CAPP) in San Diego County. CAPP represents a first-of-its-kind partnership in San Diego between public health, city planners and communities to come together to improve healthy food systems. The purpose of CAPP is to highlight strategies and model best-practices from communities around the world to increase healthy community-based food production and healthy food access to prevent obesity and develop sustainable food systems.
 
CAPP seeks to increase access to healthy food environments in multiple partner cities across San Diego County through the development of local plans and policies supportive of community agricultural projects. CAPP is being implemented in three phases: 
 
1) training, relationship-building and visioning
2) analysis, community engagement, developing initiatives 
3) implementation and evaluation
 
With guidance from the IRC and assistance from HHSA staff, the cities, community-based organizations, and residents are working together to improve access to healthy food in San Diego County. 
 

Community Agriculture Resources
Local governments and jurisdictions can help combat high rates of chronic disease — especially in communities most at risk — by adopting and strengthening policies to increase access to healthy food. These resources discuss different policy options for improving healthy food access across San Diego County, especially in underserved neighborhoods.

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This report identifies three key policy strategies (farmers’ markets, community agriculture, and healthy government procurement policies) jurisdictions can deploy to improve the environment in which people purchase food.
This report analyzes the prospects of using unsaleable crops from local farms for a job-training program that lightly processes and sells produce.
The healthy food system white paper series was developed to assist San Diego County’s local governments, along with the communities and organizations that work with them, to address these policy opportunities in order to improve the health and wellbeing of residents and address food sovereignty, while also supporting the local economy. This work supports the County’s overall Live Well San Diego vision for advancing policy, systems, and environmental changes that create healthy, safe, and thriving communities.
The healthy food system white paper series was developed to assist San Diego County’s local governments, along with the communities and organizations that work with them, to address these policy opportunities in order to improve the health and wellbeing of residents and address food sovereignty, while also supporting the local economy. This work supports the County’s overall Live Well San Diego vision for advancing policy, systems, and environmental changes that create healthy, safe, and thriving communities.
The healthy food system white paper series was developed to assist San Diego County’s local governments, along with the communities and organizations that work with them, to address these policy opportunities in order to improve the health and wellbeing of residents and address food sovereignty, while also supporting the local economy. This work supports the County’s overall Live Well San Diego vision for advancing policy, systems, and environmental changes that create healthy, safe, and thriving communities.
The healthy food system white paper series was developed to assist San Diego County’s local governments, along with the communities and organizations that work with them, to address these policy opportunities in order to improve the health and wellbeing of residents and address food sovereignty, while also supporting the local economy. This work supports the County’s overall Live Well San Diego vision for advancing policy, systems, and environmental changes that create healthy, safe, and thriving communities.
San Diego Community Food Systems Planning Guide This document is a companion to the CAPP resources and provides individuals and organizations interested in local food systems planning advocacy with a variety of information, strategies, and suggestions to consider as they work to enact healthier planning policies in their cities.
Food Systems Resource Kit This document provides details on the activities that occurred during each phase of CAPP and includes the documents created to support the work of the project. Documents include development materials, meeting agendas, meeting activity guides, homework guides, flyers, and evaluation templates. These documents could be used as templates and edited to suit the needs of any organization seeking to replicate the CAPP process in part or in full. The PowerPoint presentations are available below.
Combined CAPP Presentations Meetings 1-3 and CBO Training
This PowerPoint slide deck includes presentations from:
1.  CAPP Meeting #1: City Planning 101
2.  CAPP Meeting #2: Agriculture Planning 101
3.  CAPP Meeting #3: Goals, Visions, and Initiatives for Community Groups
4.  Policy and Planning Training for Community Based Organizations
City Policy Regulations and Best Practices This document is a collection of best practices and resources specific to the Community Agriculture Planning Project (CAPP), including these topic areas: Healthy Food Retail, Access to Land, Community Gardens, Farmers Markets/Farm Stands, City Procurement, and Mobile Vending.
For more information on CAPP, contact Naomi Billups.
View here for more information about supporting healthy food systems in San Diego County.
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