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Background & Purpose:

Regional governments are tasked with establishing policy frameworks to align housing and transportation infrastructure, preserve open space, improve air quality, and enhance economic competitiveness and quality of life. Our regional food systems can be part of each of these strategies, and communities around the country are beginning to integrate food – from farm to market – into their regional plans.


This talk will lay out the elements of the food system and explore best practices from regional plans that put food at the heart of their region’s sustainability and health.


Audience: City, Community and Regional Land Use and Transportation Planners


When: June 13th, 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., SANDAG Board Room, 7th Floor, 401 B Street, San Diego


Event is FREE and a sampling of locally grown produce will be provided.



HEATHER WOOTEN is a senior planner and program director at ChangeLab Solutions, where she researches best practices, develops tools, and works with communities to connect land use, economic development, and health. She is a co-author of one of the premier publications on developing and implementing health policy language in land use plans, How to Create and Implement Healthy General Plans. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, she co-authored the Oakland Food System Assessment: Towards a Sustainable Food Plan through the Oakland Mayor’s Office of Sustainability; she also currently serves on the Oakland Food Policy Council. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and earned a Masters of City Planning from the University of California at Berkeley.


ERIC LARSON is the Executive Director of the San Diego County Farm Bureau.  He has held that position since January 1997.  Eric began working in San Diego County’s agricultural industry in 1971.  Prior to joining Farm Bureau he worked as the general manager of an agricultural marketing cooperative and in nursery production.  His professional activities have included two years as president of the San Diego County Flower and Plant Association.  He currently serves as a director of the Southern California Water Committee.  In addition to his work in agriculture, he served two terms as a member of the Carlsbad City Council and is a past director of the Carlsbad Municipal Water District, the San Diego County Water Authority, and the Encina Wastewater Authority.



Co-hosted by SANDAG, the County of San Diego – Health and Human Services Agency, San Diego Food System Alliance, and ChangeLab Solutions. This event is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the County of San Diego.


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