The goal of the Cass Clay Food System Initiative (CCFSI) is to increase access to safe, nutritious, and affordable food for our residents by strengthening all aspects of the local food system. The local food system includes producers, processors, distributors, sales, and consumers.
CCFSI was started in early 2011 by members of the University of Minnesota Extension Service, North Dakota State University and Cass County Extension Service, Fargo Cass Public Health, and Clay County Public Health. A planning committee with representatives from all sectors of the food system was brought together to set the direction of the initiative, develop a framework and identify task force areas within the initiative.
In an effort to engage the broader community, CCFSI is hosting a kick-off event “Discovering Local Food Solutions” on September 28, 2011. The event is free and open to anyone with an interest in improving our local food system. Representatives from various sectors of the food system as well as interested citizens will have the opportunity to serve on task force groups within CCFSI including food infrastructure, urban agriculture, economic development, outreach and education, and food access.