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Putting Resilience to Work: Food Policy in Action

A workshop exploring resilience thinking, effective collaboration, and food policy in action.

In this workshop we’ll apply a new lens for understanding shared work and learn some skills to expand and strengthen our work to create an equitable and resilient regional food system.

  • Thursday 11/8
  • Warren Wilson College, Canon Lounge
  • 8:30-4PM
  • RSVP

Morning session:

  • Who’s in the room – Warren Wilson College Student analysis of Buncombe Co. food system stakeholders
  • Why Think Resilience?  Laura Lengnick, Cultivating Resilience, LLC

Lunch provided! (please indicate dietary preferences in RSVP)

Afternoon sessions:

  • Keys to Collaboration  – Ameena Batada, UNC Asheville
  • Food Policy in Action  – Nicole Hinebaugh, ABFPC General Council

RSVP is required, please click HERE to let us know you’ll join us.

Overview of what to look forward to:

In the morning, Laura Lengnick, Principle Consultant at Cultivating Resilience will show you how resilience thinking can spark new insights and identify potential collaborations that enhance the success of organizations working for community-based social change. In the afternoon, Dr. Ameena Batada, Associate Professor of Health and Wellness at UNC Asheville will share tools and strategies to deepen and inspire deep collaboration across food system agencies and sectors. To wrap up the day, ABFPC members will lead a discussion exploring next steps including policy and advocacy to realise a more resilient and sustainable regional food system.

Background: In November 2017 Asheville’s City Council adopted a Food Policy Action Plan (FPAP). This plan provides Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Council with a road map for advocacy with the city.

Past ABFPC and Partner events:

ASAP’s 2018 Business of Farming Conference

Saturday, February 24, 2018 8-5 pm

A-B Tech/Mission Health Conference Center

16 Fernihurst Dr, Asheville, NC 28801

ASAP’s Business of Farming Conference brings together professional and aspiring farmers from across the Southeast to network and share resources to build viable farm businesses. The conference features business and marketing workshops led by regional experts and innovative farmers, a Grower-Buyer meeting where farmers and area buyers meet to explore potential matches, and individual consulting for farmers on legal, business, financial, tax, and insurance topics. ASAP’s Business of Farming Conference is for beginning and established farmers, and those seriously considering farming as a profession. Register and see a full list of conference activities at: http://asapconnections.org/events/business-of-farming-conference/.

For more information contact us at 828-236-1282 or [email protected].

Cost: early bird registration is $75 per person or $125 for two farm partners until January 31. Late registration is $95 per person beginning February 1. The conference has sold out in the past, early registration is recommended.

2016 Meeting of the Whole


Thursday, December 8th     ~    6:30PM

Toy Boat Community Art Space

101 Fairview Road, Asheville

Pot-Luck ~ bring a dish to share ~ Cash Bar

Come celebrate, share good food, learn about recent work and provide input on revisions to the City of Asheville’s Food Action Plan.

Past Events:

A Celebration of Interdependence

Asheville Buncombe Food Policy hands-with-plantCouncil Meeting of the Whole

Friday, July 31, 2014 6:00-9:00 PM
Stephens Lee Recreation Center

We will gather to plant seeds for capacity building and strengthening our movement to a Collective Impact framework approach to community food security work. Let’s celebrate our growth as a community dedicated to a sustainable food system!

Space is limited for this event so please fill out the RSVP form below or RSVP here by July 26th!

Food Action Film Screening

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