SBCC Center for Sustainability “Cities As the Solution” series:
Visions of a 21st Century Food System
INVITING FOOD & AGRICULTURE BACK INTO OUR CITIES
Fe Bland Auditorium, Santa Barbara City College West Campus, 800 Block of Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA, 93109
What Makes a Great Food City?
With more than 50% of the worlds population now living in cities, sustainability & good ecological design for resilient local food systems has never been more important. In the 21st Century, with innovative policy and design strategies, there is an opportunity to re-invite food and food growing back into our cities, while solving some of the planets most pressing environmental problems.
Join Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin as he shares the strategies of Seattle’s Local Food Action Initiative, passed in 2008, that envisions an exciting new urban agriculture model that is good for the economy, the environment, and our health.
Urban agriculture is a creative response to dwindling resources. Access to food is one of the most fundamental needs of a community, but is seldom addressed by local governments. Using the recently published Good Laws, Good Food document by Harvard Law School/Food Law & Policy Clinic, Richard Conlin explores the legal structures that help or hinder local food production in cities. Also shared will be examples of state and local Food Policy Councils around the country with diverse stakeholders that have come together to forge a response aimed at strengthening local & regional food systems.
Richard Conlin was first elected to the Seattle City Council in 1997 after many years of public service with Seattle-based community organizations. In 2008 he launched the Local Food Action Initiative to increase Seattle’s access to nutritional foods and strengthen the security of its food supply. Conlin co-founded Sustainable Seattle in 1991 and is the founding publisher of YES! magazine. He currently serves on the Board of YES!, the Antioch University Seattle Board of Trustees, and the Board of Directors of the National League of Cities. Conlin holds a B.A. in History and a Master’s degree in Political Science.
A panel of community members and politicians follows the talk:
:: Facilitated by Eric Lohela
:: Das Williams, State Assemblyman, 35 District
:: Warren Brush, Co-Founder Quail Springs
:: Alison Hensley, Co-founder SOL Food Festival
:: Meg West, member of Goleta Planning Board
:: Eric Cardenas, Co-founder LOATree, & Santa Barbara & Ventura Ag Futures Alliances
:: Lori Ann David, Eat Your Yard, Santa Barbara Edible Landscape Company
:: Jasper Eiler, Harvest Santa Barbara
The SBCC Center for Sustainability
Santa Barbara Permaculture Network www.sbpermaculture.org
The Food Bank of Santa Barbara County
Nutiva, Fund for Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Permaculture Network, Santa Barbara Independent, Slow Money SB Chapter, Sojourner, Permaculture Credit Union, SOL Food, & Island Seed & Feed.