Most recently I have made connections with Nutrition educators in NNY regarding this project. As well have made contact with Campus project partners. Will be meeting with Jo Swanson on Monday (December 15th) regarding this project. Jennifer Wilkins has asked to be kept abreast of this project while she is in Italy.
Research for Local Food indicators from Duncan and the Farmers Market Survey data from Todd have arrived this week. With this research added to the report from NCRFI I have the data sets I needed in order to conduct the thorough needs assessment. I am confident that I will be able to meet the scheduled timeline for reporting to the EDs in the region.
Yesterday, we (Dave, Dick, Carl & I) were able to establish our schedule for regular progress meetings for the coming year. We were able to clarify and work through many of the questions that we had surrounding this project. I was please with our progress and feel much more secure in the tasks I have ahead of me.
Regarding the NCRFI – Report: Katherine & I have been getting price quotes from printing firms in the area. We will review the most economical and move forward with getting the report printed, and distributed to the counties in the region. Next steps is to schedule roadshow for talks with local government etc in each county regarding the results of the NCRFI project. We would like to have the hard copies of the reports in hand for these presenations, so we can leave them with the counties. Each CCE office will be provided with some for use in their counties as well the digital version of the reports and fact sheets will be posted on the NNYADP website in the Regional/Local foods section of this site.
Regarding the Farmers Market Surveys: Todd Schmit has offered to keep Allyson Brimmer-Jones on his payroll so she can finalize the data crunching, reports and any articles on this material. Allyson and I will take the lead on getting these items completed. These will need to be completed by the end of January as Allyson is going abroad to study in February. Todd will continue to take the lead on the ecnometric modeling work that he hopes will provide some useful planning information for managers and vendors to improve success. We plan to share this will the farmers markets across the region asap once the reports are completed.
Until next time