The Blaine County Community Food Assessment has completed phase II of the assessment, and would like to share its findings with the public. Join the Food Assessment team for ‘On the Table’, a free event with presentations on local food production, food waste and recovery, food security and food consumption. The team is wrapping up research on a variety of topics related to the local food system. As part of this research, over 1,100 community members offered feedback on local food and food security during our August survey. That number is a true testament to the passion of Blaine County residents, and the strong desire to improve our food system in ways that benefit our entire community.
To learn more about our efforts we invite you to visit with us at the Hailey Grange on October 17th, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. In addition to discussing the survey results, we will share results from focus groups, canvassing, dot surveys and stakeholder interviews. Light fare and refreshments will be served during the event.
This research is the first step in what the assessment team envisions to be a collaborative and fruitful process. What we learn will inform our future endeavors. As many have voiced, local food is just a means to an end: it is useful only if it delivers real social, economic and environmental benefits. Therefore, our collaborative group will work to identify appropriate programming, policy, promotion and more to address our community systems meaningfully.