Our food system plays a critical role in the health and resiliency of our communities. Thousands of community members developed the Minnesota Food Charter, a publicly-created “roadmap” for creating reliable access to healthy food. The Charter identifies “including food access as an important component of local government infrastructure and planning” and maintaining access to stores, farmers markets, community gardens, and other food sources. In this session, we’ll learn how to build relationships with local governments to prioritize sustainable food systems in community planning.
Nadja Berneche is the Healthy Comprehensive Planning Director with Terra Soma, a strategic services firm with a specialty in food systems. In this role, a big part of her work is to build relationships and provide technical assistance to city and county planners, health advocates, and community members working to increase healthy food access. To create long-range visions, she uses local community planning as a tool to strategically identify and implement initiatives to increase access to healthy food and physical activity, and to promote health equity. Nadja earned her Masters of Social Work and Masters of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota.