The Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit is a three year process that promotes holistic food systems through public design that engages community leaders in an effort to collaborate and connect the unique assets within and between communities.
2016 First Year: Community Capacity
The first year’s focus was on community capacity. Connecting local stakeholders to establish a unified vision for local food system development. In 2016 the leadership team created a vision, mission, and core values for Dubuque’s food system, and a community health and food assessment was done on existing conditions. As part of the food system evaluation, three public meetings were hosted to receive community feedback, and five priority projects were selected for implementation in the following years.
2017 Second Year: Design, Development + Implementation
The second year will move the prioritized tactics into implementation. THe tactics represent short, medium, and long term goals that have high impact in, and are chosen by the community. Throughout this year the CDL works with the steering committee to design and implement tactic projects. Projects can include design and implementation of gardens or orchards as well as business plans, surveys, and marketing plans.
2018 Third Year: Implementation
The third year involves continued work on medium and long term tactic implementation as well as new opportunities building on the success of the second year. Similar to the second year, project implementation can take many forms depending on the needs of the community. This year will be based on the needs of the steering commitee to move projects forward.