Links to key resources

Project websites:

Data sources and tools:

The USDA's Economic Research Service provides this tool on "How to Conduct a Food System Assessment":

Cornell's Mann Library has created this invaluable reference Guide to Local and Regional Food Systems:
The Oneida County Planning Department is a New York State Data Center Affiliate:

The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, Mohawk Valley EDGE, and United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area have developed this Community Indicators website:

The Oneida County Health Department has published this Community Health Assessment 2010-2013:

ESRI provides a wide range of mapping tools including a beta version of Community Analyst for free

USDA' Economic Research Service has created this amazing Food Environment Atlas based on a wide range of food system "indicators":

USDA's Food Deserts map shows the location of "food deserts" by census tract, and includes a useful definition of the term:

The Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems allows you to create customized interactive maps from economic, demographic, cultural and physical data:

Other projects we connect with in our region:

The Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council was formed in 2011 as part of Governor Cuomo's "New York - Open for Business!":

The Rural Health Network of South Central New York is conducting a Food System Assessment as their 2011 Signature Project:

The Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship is working to connect local food producers with consumers in "food deserts":

The Food Bank of Central New York provides over 7.8 million meals every year:

The Eat3 Campaign: Eat Well, Local, Together
(a partnership of Cornell Cooperative Extension and NYS Dept. of Ag & Markets)

National/international resources:

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a useful explanation of the role of Food Policy Councils and links to a number of examples:

The Community Food Security Coalition provides a wide range of resources for local food policy planning:

The Michigan Food Policy Council offers a model we can learn from:

Mohawk Valley Food Action Network

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