Food Systems

A project of Columbus Design Institute, Homeworks seeks thoughtful responses to the COVID-19 pandemic by convening a series of conversations with academics, designers, and community practitioners. Over the course of four days, conversations will focus on singular topics: Social Connectivity, Public Space, Home Life, and Food Systems. Homeworks will conclude with a Recap presentation by designer Rick Valicenti—Indy Design Week’s Keynote presenter.

Homeworks is a call to action that focuses on improving the communities of Indiana, and beyond. Together we can learn about and explore creative approaches to our current and long-term future reality.

Presented by the Central Indiana Community Foundation.

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4/5 Homeworks: Food Systems
Thursday, May 7  1:00 - 3:00 PM

The pandemic is revealing the fragility of our food systems, with food pantries and food distribution systems stressed to a near break point. Food Systems will explore how we can create more resilient food creation and distribution.

Questions for Discussion

Can design help create and maintain a more resilient food distribution system?  
How do we crowdsource a public good?
Can we scale these efforts? 

Relevant Articles
We Need to Rethink Our Food System to Prevent the Next Pandemic - Laura Spinney, Time
Farmer Building Farm in Low Income Inner-City - Maureen C. Gilmer,  The Indianapolis Star/ USA Today
It's Time for the Essential Economy - Jia Lok Pratt, Sweet Water Foundation 

Presenting Participants

Joshua Gruver, Professor
Department of Environment, Geology, and Natural Resources, Ball State University (Muncie, IN)

Shellye Suttles, Assistant Research Scientist Sustainable Food System Science in the Ostrom Workshop, Indiana University (Bloomington, IN)

Responding Practitioners

Julie Knight, Bariatric Dietitian, Columbus Regional Health (Columbus, IN)

Tyler Gough, Indy Urban Acres (Indianapolis, IN)

Leslie Brinson, Bloomington Farmers Market (Bloomington, IN)

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