Engagement with community is a process that takes many forms. Community Food Lab looks continually for ways to build new partnerships, listen to new voices, connect to new intelligence, and empower individuals.
Honest engagement involves respect for others and value in everyone's ideas. It makes the argument that by gathering the perspectives of those who will be affected by a decision, solutions are found that all can share ownership of and find satisfaction in.
Community Food Lab comes to engagement with an open mind, knowing that though we call ourselves experts we have much to learn, and knowing that if we can foster open conversation we are on the right track.
We worked with the Town of Morrisville to build feasibility and development strategies for a new farmers market pavilion. We're also consulting with the Town on a three-year Rex Endowment grant to link the new farmers market, regional greenways, and outreach to low-income populations in Morrisville.
We produced a program guide and toolkit intended to be used by anyone who wants to start a healthy corner store program in their community. This new resource is built from our six-month pilot study and report exploring the successes and challenges of healthy corner store programs.
Along with multiple partners, stakeholders, and like-minded organizations, Community Food Lab is working to create a shared vision for a vibrant local food corridor defined by its participants. Corridor can be imagined as a civic engagement project, a food justice initiative, and a catalyst for the local and regional food systems.
We worked together with Sara Queen at NCSU's College of Design on this 12-month grant designed to facilitate University-wide collaborations in food studies. The project included faculty surveys, student and faculty workshops and design of an online collaboration tool.
We produced this set of images as early-phase visioning for Interfaith Food Shuttle's program expansion into the 14000sf building and surrounding landscape at the Hoke St Training Center.