Navigating Borders: The Evolution of the Cass Clay Food Partners

  • Abby Gold Vice Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Public Health
  • Noelle Harden University of Minnesota Extension
Keywords: Food Policy Council, Food Network, Policy Blueprints, Food System Planning, Food Access

Abstract

The Cass Clay Food Partners is an integrated food network serving Cass County, North Dakota, and Clay County, Minnesota, through the combined work of a food policy council, action network, and steering committee. In this paper, we describe the evolution of the network from project-based work to policy development to a partnership that inte­grates both programs and policy for greater impact. We also highlight the many types of boundaries the network has navigated in order to attain success in advancing alternative food systems for the Red River Valley community. These boundaries include political borders such as the state line between North Dakota and Minnesota, as well as philo­sophical divisions between stakeholders and decision-makers. Lastly, we highlight the pitfalls faced and lessons learned by the network during this process.

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Author Biographies

Abby Gold, Vice Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Public Health

North Dakota State University

Noelle Harden, University of Minnesota Extension

Health and Nutrition Educator

Published
2018-10-17
How to Cite
Gold, A., & Harden, N. (2018). Navigating Borders: The Evolution of the Cass Clay Food Partners. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 8(B), 29-38. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2018.08B.010