Food Systems Action Team Meeting Minutes
May 5, 2008
4:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.
359 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Present: Annie Myers, Nathan McClintock, Kendra Klein, Josh Edge, Kira Pascoe, Annie
Burdett, Allison Pratt, Jenny Huston, Alisa Dodge, Alethea Harper, Heather Wooten,
Facilitator: Allison Pratt/ Heather Wooten
Note-Taker: Kendra Klein
Jenny: Presented a review of FSAT and HOPE for Eric from CAFF.
Annie: Presentation on potential for an eco-agriculture park on the Hegenberger land –
11.5 acre plot near the Oakland Airport.
- New owner doesn‟t seem enthusiastic about the possibility, but his options are
limited because it‟s not zoned for development or airport parking.
- Should think about ways to frame an eco-ag. park in terms of making money.
Cities and counties get sales tax for infrastructure, i.e. development, while there is
little economic incentive to zone for agriculture.
- Land has been a farm for 5 generations.
- Hegenberger land is part of Annie‟s UCB planning project – a case study of 6
urban farms across the country and how they interact with city planning.
Alisa: Local Sustainable Economic Development Update
- Focusing on local distribution and processing of food
- Nathan: Should look into examples of incubator kitchens and micro-processing in
- Jenny: La Cocina in SF is an example. One roadblock is that government is
trying to regulate all food businesses because of food contamination issues.
Should look in the ComFood archives for more information/examples.
- Eric: CAFF Grower‟s Collaborative is looking for local distributors
Recent Study Releases
- UCLA and PolicyLink‟s „Designed for Disease‟ study on the link between local
food environments and obesity and diabetes -
o Include „retail food environment indexes‟ to compare communities‟
prevalence of healthy and unhealthy food and the link to health outcomes
o Uses county health data, so is not as useful for city/neighborhood level
o “fast food jungle” and “food dessert” metaphors are at odds
- How can we piggy back on media for this?
o Can use the „media‟ machine of Alameda Dept. of Public Health
o PUEBLO will have a press conference in the next couple weeks and can
tie in HOPE
- KQED film – Unnatural Causes: In Sickness and in Wealth will be screening at
the Grand Lake Theatre
- Insight Center for Community Innovation – Self Sufficiency Standard – what
would a family require to live subsidy free?
- Seattle Food Systems Resolution
o City Council member is sponsoring a food platform resolution that directs
city departments to work on plans related to food: gardens, access,
emergency preparedness, etc.
o Good for media and raising awareness and getting city departments to
spend time and energy on food issues, but politically vulnerable
o Should HOPE pursue a similar strategy?
o Seattle‟s Food Policy Council ushered this resolution through
Oakland Food Policy Council Update
- Food First will be the host „incubator‟ - Steering Committee of HOPE will be the board for OFPC
- The OFPC is missing a piece of the resolution, so it will take a couple months for
the funds to be disbursed. It is going to the Life Enrichment Committee on May th13 on the consent agenda
Assessment Data for Period One Report
- Staff created a template – could be used for every action team - Food assessment is complete for 3 microzones – 20 food items were priced at
corner stores in each microzone. So far, large retail has not been surveyed.
- The goal is to demonstrate that there is money to be made in food retail
- Discussion of what staff will provide for the report and what other FSAT
members will provide
o Need a table format assigning each part to specific people
o Staff will complete Introduction and Sections 1
o One approach is to create a questionnaire (Survey Monkey?) for each
member to help inform Section 2
o Need a meeting to discuss “Plans for Improvement” (number 5 in Section
- Team asked: what are we trying to figure out with the current food-assessment
data? How are we framing the data to create a compelling story?
- Other suggestions for data amendment:
o Data could be by household, rather than by person
o Do we want to cover food from other sources (WIC, Food bank);
Heather has survey from Tenderloin that would help answer some
of these questions
o How much money is staying in neighborhood?
o What percentage of these foods is actually available in these
neighborhoods? What is missing?
thst and 21 Listening Sessions are happening on May 12