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Regional Food System Assessment

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Thank you for your interest in the Piedmont Triad Food System Assessment Project! 

You can participate by: 

The survey is open to anyone in the region that participates in or is interested in the food system. It should only take 5 to 10 minutes to complete the survey, which asks questions about household food access, community resources, barriers to food and farming, and other questions. Take the survey at https://publicinput.com/triadfood.

The first round of meetings were held in May, and you can view the recorded Urban Farmer Interest Meeting here

Food Talks Conversations

The Piedmont Triad Regional Food Council (PTRFC), in collaboration with Carolina Creative Works, is launching an upcoming series called Food Talks. These conversations will be virtual live meetings held every Wednesday beginning July 8th and running through August 26th. The list of meeting dates and topics are below.

● July 8th: What is a Food Council?
● July 15th: What can food equity look like in the Triad?
● July 22nd: Land Access for Beginning Farmers
● July 29th: The In-between: What’s next after farmers’ markets?
● August 5th: Community Gardening as Community Development
● August 12th: Agritourism in the Triad
● August 19th: Meat and Poultry Processing in the Triad
● August 26th: Food System Planning 101

We are seeking input from community members, farmers, food producers, supply chain businesses, and anyone involved in the regional food economy to join in the conversation about how to connect, rebuild, and move forward together to build a more robust food system that serves everyone in the Piedmont Triad.

You can join any of these discussions via the live stream on the PTRFC website, through Facebook Live, or through Zoom. While watching, viewers can communicate directly with speakers for these discussions.

For more information and to join the discussion please visit : publicinput.com/triadfood .


More About the Piedmont Triad Food System Assessment Project

The Piedmont Triad Regional Food Council (PTRFC) is currently working with Carolina Creative Works to conduct a comprehensive regional food system assessment centered on building equity for the twelve counties in the Piedmont Triad. The assessment will collect and analyze data on regional food production, infrastructure, and markets, as well as community health and development. 

The impacts of Covid-19 in the Triad have highlighted significant issues surrounding food production, food access, supply chains, and inequities that PTRFC will analyze with this assessment process, and we feel it is more important than ever to continue this important work. This assessment allows us to hear the needs of our communities now and plan for the future.

This work is essential because:

  • PTRFC can identify immediate and longer-term needs in every Triad community. Citizens will have the opportunity to connect with resources, agencies, organizations, and knowledge that they need.
  • PTRFC can report the results of the assessment with local governments, nonprofits,

    hospitals, and others working to address both immediate and long-term food system needs from COVID-19 impacts.

  • Community members can become involved now, while this crisis is unfolding, to help make sure that we connect, rebuild, and move forward together to build a more robust food system that serves everyone in the Triad.

This work is made possible by a four-year, $634,500 grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. With questions and to learn more about the Regional Food Council, please contact Jennifer Bedrosian, PTRC Regional Food System Coordinator, at jbedrosian@ptrc.org.

With questions about the food system assessment, please contact community@carolinacreators.com.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is this for? 

The Piedmont Triad Regional Food Council (PTRFC) is currently working with Carolina Creative Works to conduct a comprehensive regional food system assessment centered on building equity for the twelve counties in the Piedmont Triad. The assessment will collect and analyze data on regional food production, infrastructure, and markets, as well as community health and development. 

How is this affected by COVID-19?

The impacts of Covid-19 in the Triad have highlighted significant issues about food production, food access, supply chains, and inequities that PTRFC will analyze with this assessment process. In response to this global pandemic, we feel it is more important than ever to continue this important work. This assessment allows us to hear the needs of our communities now and plan for the future.

I can’t attend these dates - will there be more meetings? 

Additional community meetings and topic-focused discussions are being planned, and will be announced on June 1. For an updated list of upcoming events, please visit https://publicinput.com/triadfood

Where can I go for more information? 

Learn about the Piedmont Triad Regional Food Council at http://prtc.org/triadfoodcouncil.

Learn about the assessment, take the survey, and find more regional meetings at https://publicinput.com/triadfood