- served as co-investigator of a $3.96 million grant awarded to the University at Buffalo by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Food Systems Program. The project, Growing Food Connections, generated knowledge about the effectiveness of local and regional government policies in improving food security in underserved communities, strengthening the resilience of rural communities, and supporting the economic viability of food production.
- provided guidance to the City of Lawrence and Douglas County, Kansas and the City of Vancouver, British Columbia on the development and implementation of local level policies to support and enhance the local food system;
- served as an advisor and planning committee member to The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on Advancing Obesity Solutions through Investments in the Built Environment and Transportation;
- served as an expert advisor to the North Shore Neighborhood House and Vancouver Coastal Health in the development of a food action plan;
- co-developed a community agriculture plan for an area in Delta, British Columbia;
- researched the management and productive reuse of vacant properties in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Cleveland for the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech; and
- conducted a healthy aging and built environment policy scan in Vancouver for the Centre for Hip Health & Mobility at the University of British Columbia.
Tara Moreau, PhD | Collaborator
Dr. Moreau is a sustainable agriculture scientist. Over the past decade, her research has focused on the science, planning, and policy of sustainable food systems. As the sole proprietor of Grow Moreau, her expertise around climate change, urban agriculture and integrated pest management give her a diverse background into the implementation of sustainable agriculture and food systems. Dr. Moreau recently completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship with the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions where she developed a guide to address climate change for urban and peri-urban agriculture, led instructional workshops for small-scale producers, and published scientific papers on greenhouse gas mitigation within British Columbia’s agriculture sector. Dr. Moreau currently sits on the Vancouver Food Policy Council and works as a consultant with the United Nations – Food and Agriculture Organization. She completed a PhD in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia where she evaluated alternative pest controls for whiteflies in collaboration with the BC Greenhouse Growers’ Association. She obtained a Master of Science from Dalhousie University and the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada.
- The National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (Montréal)
- The Wellesley Institute (Toronto)
- Jane’s Walk (Toronto)
- International Development Research Centre (Ottawa)
- The Regional Vancouver Urban Observatory (Vancouver)
- MOSAIC (Vancouver)
- Resource Centres for Urban Agriculture and Food Security
- Local governments and NGOs in the Brazilian cities of Belo Horizonte and Fortaleza
Dr. Mendes is a member of the Canadian Association of Food Studies; and past member of the American Planning Association Food Systems Planning Group; the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Reference Group on the Healthy Food for All initiative; and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Urban Agriculture Advisory Committee for UN-HABITAT World Urban Forum III.
Kara Martin, AICP | Collaborator
Kara is the Principal Consultant and Owner of Healthy Communities Planning. Kara collaborates with local governments, community organizations, and education institutions throughout Washington State and across the country. Her partnerships have included the American Farmland Trust, King County Food & Fitness Initiative (KCFFI), King County Ag Programs, Ohio State University Center for Farmland Policy Innovation, Northwest Harvest, Pinchot University, Public Health—Seattle & King County, SeaTac–Tukwila Food Innovation Network, and Washington State University–King County Extension and numerous local jurisdictions. Kara has also served as an adjunct lecturer at University of Washington’s Department of Urban Design and Planning.
Working to advance community health and food systems efforts in the broader planning field, Kara is active in local and national conversations. She currently leads the Washington APA chapter’s Sustainable Agriculture and Healthy Food Systems working group and serves on the national APA’s Food Interest Group Leadership Committee along with the Washington State Food System Roundtable and Seattle Planning Commission. Kara often presents and offers trainings on the role of food systems within the planning field. Recently she provided Community Food System Planning trainings for APA and APA’s Minnesota state chapter.
Kara earned her master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Washington and her bachelor’s degree in sociology from University of Colorado.
Andrea Procyk Cornborough, MA | Collaborator
Zsuzsi Fodor, MA | Collaborator