An environment that promotes and measures success for the Riverside Food Policy Action Plan is essential. These strategic directions include outcome-oriented regulatory approaches, ensuring diverse engagement, and developing metrics to measure community improvements.
Priorities and Actions
Outcome-oriented win-win regulatory approaches. Identify regulations that present significant barriers to sustaining food production. Shifted regulatory approach from opposition to promotion. Regulate to promote what you want, not to stop things you don’t want. Ensuring that policy makers are fully engaged. Facilitate collaboration between policy makers and stakeholders to drive the effectiveness of food policy initiatives. Actions:
Strong partnerships among city and stakeholders;
More than $250K in in-kind and volunteer efforts;
More partners established for a beginning farmer training, apprenticeship and incubation program. Creating cooperative frameworks that involve all stakeholders and regional partners. Partner for a regional strategy: California Food Policy Council, County Nutrition Action Plan, Southern California Healthy Food Alliance, University of California Cooperative Extension, California Alliance for Family Farms, Farm Bureau, Agriculture Commissioner, Riverside Conservation Authority, HEAL Zone, Riverside/Corona Resource Conservation District, Kaiser-Permanente, the Riverside Land Conservancy, colleges and universities, and any other relevant agencies and organizations. Embracing cultural diversity. Engage a diverse array of partners. Embrace cultural diversity and take strategic opportunities to where people live and gather and to traditional cultural institutions. Developing metrics to measure community improvements. Convene a forum to identify goals over time for each of the indicators.