Early Lessons From The Food Commons

A New Economic Whole System Approach for Regional Food

  • Jamie Harvie Institute for a Sustainable Future
Keywords: Commons, Ecological Model, Agro-ecology, Holism, Food Systems, Integrative, Relational Model, Regenerative Capital, Inequality, Health, New Paradigm, Systems Thinking, Impact Investing

Abstract

The Food Commons is an agro-ecological approach to local and regional food in which the health of employees, the community, and the commons are considered holistically. Food Commons Fresno is operationalizing the model with wholesale, food box, hub, commissary, and farming businesses managed through a linked for-benefit corporation and a community trust. Aside from typical start-up challenges, the key hurdles include the cultural and economic unfamiliarity with ecological models and relational operating systems.

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Author Biography

Jamie Harvie, Institute for a Sustainable Future

Executive Director; Independent consultant

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Published
2019-08-22
How to Cite
Harvie, J. (2019). Early Lessons From The Food Commons: A New Economic Whole System Approach for Regional Food. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 9(A), 1-11. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2019.091.045