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Working with towns and their agricultural commissions, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project’s Community Farmland Connections project uses spatial analysis to identify unused viable farmland and encourage landowners to lease their land to a farmer. Through spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and subsequent community education and outreach, this process can be a valuable way to increase the amount of viable farmland that is utilized in a given community. By reaching out to landowners in different areas, community groups can facilitate matches of prime farmland with beginning and existing farmers, in order to increase both new agricultural opportunities and local food for the town, county, and state.
This guide is intended to help municipal groups and/or agricultural non-profits think creatively about how to support new and beginning farmers finding land. It draws on the experience of the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, a farmer-training program in northeastern Massachusetts, as we sought to find small parcels of farmland for the farmers graduating off of our incubator farm. It outlines step by step the spatial analysis and community process we went through with communities around Massachusetts.
This guide is written by the Community Food Security Coalition. The Community Food Project Evaluation Handbook (Handbook) is a practical guide to help community food project staff conduct rigorous program evaluation that will develop the kind of information about their programs that will be compelling not only to fellow staff but to funders, participants and community residents. It is full of basic concepts, specific examples and worksheets.
The Handbook is comprehensive, with 10 chapters covering information from planning, to implementation, to using your results for program improvement. While it may seem daunting, the Handbook clearly walks the reader step by step through the evaluation process. The Table of Contents outlines in detail the various sections of the Handbook and can help the reader find a specific topic of interest. A glossary is provided as the final Appendix to include definitions of research and evaluation terms used in the chapters of the Handbook.
The 2019 Community Food Projects Grant Writing Guide was originally written by Hugh Joseph and Kai Siedenburg. This version was updated by New Entry Sustainable Farming Project for FY19 grants. It is an extensive document walking through the process of putting together a strong proposal for the Community Food Projects grant program.
The Community Food Project Evaluation Toolkit (Toolkit) is a hands-on workbook designed to help community food project (CFP) staff conduct evaluations of their programs to develop the kind of information that will be compelling not only to fellow staff but to funders, participants and community residents. Packed with user-friendly tools as well as guidance for planning and administration, the Toolkit offers a concentrated blend of general, project-level and system-level instruments to address the diversity of community food project outputs and outcomes. The Toolkit is divided into three parts (general evaluation tools, project-level evaluation tools and system-level evaluation tools) and includes eight distinct chapters. The Table of Contents outlines in detail the various parts and chapters of the Toolkit and can help the reader find a specific topic or tool of interest
The USDA-funded National Institute of Agriculture (NIFA) Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grants Program (CFPCGP) was designed to meet the food needs of low-income people; to increase the self-reliance of communities in meeting their own food needs; and to promote comprehensive responses to local food, farm and nutrition issues. Since its inception in 1996, around 400 grants programs have been awarded in 48 states through CFPCGP. (CFPCGP was formerly administered through CSREES). To assess the collective impacts of this program, the web-based Community Food Projects Indicators of Success (IOS) was developed to track and monitor the important and common outputs and outcomes across the diverse and dynamic CFPs. (The CFPIOS was based on the Common Output Tracking Form (COTF) originally developed in 2005.) The CFPIOS reflects a focus on outcomes (e.g., economic and social equity, healthy food access) of CFP grantees and includes a participant survey component, or the Participant Impact Survey (PS), which measures the self-reported knowledge, attitude and behavior changes of project participants.
This document was written by the Community Food Security Coalition.
The Community Food Projects Indicators of Success FY 2018 report illustrates the collective impact of Community Food Project grantees based on the metrics from Whole Measures for Community Food Systems. It includes metrics from the 6 areas of impact from Whole Measures: Healthy People, Strong Communities, Thriving Local Economies, Sustainable Ecosystems, Vibrant Farms and Gardens and Fairness and Justice.