Food Innovation Districts: An Economic Gardening Tool

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CRFS partnered with the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments and Regional Food Solutions LLC to develop Food Innovation Districts: An Economic Gardening Tool.  Food innovation districts are places where food and agriculture-based businesses are encouraged to cluster together for greater synergy.  This guide can help planners and other stakeholders in developing food innovation districts that promote positive business environments, spur regional food system development, and increase access to local food.

Guide authors

  • Patty Cantrell, researches, writes, and speaks nationally about local food as community economic development.
  • Kathryn Colasanti, CRFS Michigan Good Food Coordinator 
  • Laura Goddeeris, CRFS Specialist 
  • Sarah Lucas
  • Matt McCauley


Food Innovation Districts: An Economic Gardening Tool

Author(s): Patty Cantrell, Kathryn Colasanti, Laura Goddeeris, Sarah Lucas & Matt McCauley
Date: April 5, 2013

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