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Putting Resilience to Work: Food Policy in Action workshop

Join us November 8, 2018 for a workshop exploring resilience thinking, effective collaboration, and food policy in action.** See below for a list of organizations who have already RSVP’d!

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.


Putting Resilience to Work: Food Policy in Action

  • Thursday 11/8/18
  • 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.

*** We’ll be providing refreshments and lunch thanks to a supporting micro-grant from Community Food Strategies. Space is limited, please prioritize the most appropriate representative(s) from your organization to participate.


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.

As we all know, food systems are complex networks and food ecosystems transcend municipal boundaries. In this workshop we’ll reframe and explore the Food Policy Action Plan (FPAP) as we apply a new lens for understanding shared work and learn skills to expand and strengthen collaboration across our food system.

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 realize a more resilient and sustainable regional food system.

** Organizations and businesses sending representatives to the workshop (updated 10/27/18):

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project
Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Council
Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture
Bountiful Cities
Bounty & Soul
Buncombe county Cooperative Extension
City of Asheville
Community Conflict Solutions
Creekside Farm Education Center
Food Connection
MANNA Foodbank
Nutty Buddy Collective
Organic Growers School
Seasons of Grace
Soul & Soil
The Lord’s Acre
UNC Asheville
UNC Asheville Dining Services
Warren Wilson College
YMCA of Western North Carolina
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