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DES 2615 - Introduction to Design Thinking

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Defining Sustainable Community Food Systems

A sustainable community food system is a collaborative network that integrates sustainable food production, processing, distribution, consumption and waste management in order to enhance the environmental, economic and social health of a particular place. Farmers, consumers and communities partner to create a more locally based, self-reliant food economy. One of the most important aspects of sustainable community food system projects is that they increase resident participation to achieve the following goals:

  • A stable base of family farms that use sustainable production practices and emphasizes local inputs;
  • Marketing and processing practices that create more direct links between farmers and consumers;
  • Improved access by all community members to an adequate, affordable, nutritious diet;
  • Food and agriculture-related businesses that create jobs and recirculate financial capital within the community;
  • Improved living and working conditions for farm and food system labor;
  • Creation of food and agriculture policies that promote local or sustainable food production, processing and consumption, and
  • Adoption of dietary behaviors that reflect concern about individual, environmental and community health.

Real Food Rising

Real Food Rising is about Food Production, Education, Food Access, Job Training, and Building Bridges between Communities.

Our program grows young leaders while producing food for the Salt Lake Community.  Our vision is to do this through growing on a few acres of urban farmland in Salt Lake County with a 30-youth Youth Program and numerous volunteers.  Our program teaches not only Real Food Rising youth interns about growing food in sustainable ways, eating healthfully, food insecurity in Utah, and impacting the community through service – but also educates other kids and adults who come to our farm through field trips, tours, and volunteer mornings.

Currently we grow on a 1.5 acre urban farm adjacent to the Jordan River at Neighborhood House.  Our program is both farm-focused as well as community-focused with initiatives that engage community members both on the farm and at their homes.

Wasatch Gardens

Wasatch Community Gardens is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that has served residents along the Wasatch Front since 1989. We are committed to building community and providing opportunities to learn and grow through gardening. We do so by offering a spectrum of dynamic programs, workshops, and events covering everything from starting your own community garden to starting your own seeds indoors. As interest in urban agriculture grows, we strive to offer a vibrant and evolving network of land, expertise, and education.

Slow Food Utah

Slow Food
is a non–profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization that was founded in 1989 by Carlo Petrini to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. It is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating.  It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.

 “The mission of Slow Food is good, clean, and fair food for everyone. Slow Food people are connoisseurs of taste, protectors of food heritage, and champions of local producers.

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