Community Garden Connections, along with many other community organizations, sponsored a World Café event to discuss issues of food security and accessibility in Keene. There was a great turnout (over 70 people attended) which created a very lively café atmosphere! Many different groups of people participated including farmers, students, faculty, and community members.
The World Café format was great for initiating conversation and for establishing connections. Each table in a World Café has a particular topic for discussion and participants can switch tables to contribute to different conversations. Discussion topics were focused on improving accessibility to healthy, fresh, and nutritious food for everyone, including:
- Making food more accessible to people where they live
- Addressing barriers of cost
- Making healthy food available to people of all ages
- Improving access to information about healthy food
- Ways to extend the conversation to more community members
There were many, many ideas shared and generated, conversations furthered, and new contacts established. We were excited to be a part of the Food for All conversation and also inspired by the interest that our community has for improving access to healthy food for everyone. The conversations and connections made will be very helpful as we all collaborate to improve food accessibility in Keene. Stay tuned to learn about more ways to get involved!