The Good Food Collective is working with partners to reinstate an intact regional food system because we believe that -- through food -- we can build a vibrant economy, steward our natural resources, and support the physical and cultural health of our community.
We Believe in the Power of Food Systems
Food impacts our lives far more than we may think! It's a pivotal piece of our economy, it's a critical part of our culture, and its inseparable from our mental and physical health. The healthier our food system is, the more good it can do for us -- as a community and as individuals. We're working to reinstate an intact regional food system to support all the benefits that come along with it. Climate improvements, employment opportunities, creative pursuits... a thriving food system can support all of this and more!
Our Three Main Jams
Regional Convening, Coordination, and Support
The Four Corners area is rich in individuals and groups committed to supporting a healthy local food system. The Good Food Collective wants to support and ensure the success of these individual efforts by taking a systems approach. We're working with stakeholders and change agents to build a shared vision for what an intact regional food system looks like, increase communication and coordination between change-makers, and leverage our resources to provide systems-wide support services and infrastructure.
Food Security and Health Equity
Our nation has a big food waste problem. The USDA estimates that 30 - 40% of the food supply never gets used! Crops rot in fields, wilted greens are tossed, and fruit trees drop unharvested snacks around here like it's nobody's business. At the same time, 1 in 4 children in our region are food insecure. We're working to save our food and serve our people -- and we get especially stoked having these goals overlap.
Agricultural is part of who we are -- it is a part of our heritage and contemporary identity, it employs over 2300 regional residents, and it brings us joy in the form of healthy fruits and vegetables! Yet, our region’s farmers and ranchers face any number of challenges to their viability ranging from climate change to workforce challenges to poverty-level income. To ensure a healthy food system, we have to have sustainable agriculture. The Good Food Collective tackles projects that can support the success of our regional agricultural sector.
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