Room at the Table: Food System Assessment of Erie County (2011)

The purpose of this planning studio was to develop a county-wide food systems assessment of Erie County, New York on behalf of the Department of Erie County Department of Environment and Planning Students to inform the county’s farmland preservation planning process. Working in partnership with public and civic agencies, students developed a report that outlined the challenges and opportunities within Erie County’ food system. The report offers twenty-eight recommendations for strengthening the food system. Recommendations include the creation of a Food Policy Council, establishment of a regional food hub in Erie County, and creation of a county website on agricultural resources. Information generated through the studio was incorporated into the county’s official farmland preservation plan.