About Us

Click on the different sections of our logo to learn more about what we do and how we do it.

The logo for the Food Systems Coalition of Greater Gainesville, depicting carrots, a food system, and a social network
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Coalition

We are a grassroots coalition of diverse local stakeholders who share knowledge, resources, experiences, networks, and opportunities for partnership that can enhance our individual efforts. The FSC-GNV is neither an extension of any existing organization or agency nor an entity of its own.

Anyone who is interested can participate in the FSC. Local government staff, non-profits, small food-based business owners, local farmers, community gardeners, faculty, students, healthcare professionals, and more are already involved.

Food

Our networking groups are currently working on issues related to:

Food accessibility
Economic development
Food policy

We seek to identify barriers (policies, resource gaps, socioeconomic disparities, market challenges, etc.) that impede our local food system and work together towards solutions.

Systems

We use a systems perspective in our work. This means we’re concerned with the entire lifespan of a food, from seed & feed all the way through to consumption and waste disposal. It also means we’re interested in a wide range of fields, including:

Farming
Agricultural extension
Farmworker rights and well-being
Community gardening
Food processing & manufacturing
Food transportation & distribution
Food marketing & retailing
Restaurants
Public health
Nutrition education
Emergency food assistance
Institutional food service
Urban planning & policy
And more!