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Farmers and gardeners in Cleveland are getting more representation through a new Farm Service Agency county committee for urban agriculture, one of the first of its kind. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the committee in August 2020, along with four other new urban committees across the country.

The new county committee just wrapped up its first election. Three Cleveland farmers and gardeners were chosen to be on the committee.

“Cleveland has been at the forefront of urban agriculture for decades,” said Jamel Rahkeera, one of the new committee members and president and co-founder of Village Family Farms. “We just look forward to being a leader … being one of the five initial cities, we’re definitely going to set the bar high.” Follow this link to read more.

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Legacy cities such as Cleveland, Youngstown, and Akron, Ohio face major challenges in the 21st-century economy, including loss of economic base, aging infrastructure, social polarization, and continued sprawl despite population stabilization. Ohio’s legacy cities have many highly-sought features such as dense, walkable centers, abundant and affordable housing, and infrastructure, and closely-knit communities and skilled workers from their industrial past and immigration history. How can legacy cities leverage these assets to restore their economic vitality while promoting a socially just and sustainable community?

Join The Center for Urban and Regional Analysis on Friday, March 12, 2021, for a special presentation with Charles Marohn the Founder and President of Strong Towns and the author of Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity. Follow this link to learn more.

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You are invited to attend the National Urban Extension Leaders Virtual National Urban Extension Summit, which is being held on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 and Thursday, May 20, 2021. Participation is free and open to all interested Extension professionals. Register here. 

Follow this link to view the agenda. 
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For several decades, Extension leaders have studied how personnel working in high population density, or urban, areas can be most effective (Brown, 1965; Fox, 2017; Harriman & Daugherty, 1992; Krofta & Panshin, 1989; Miller, 1973; Schaefer, Huegel, & Mazzotti, 1992; Yep, 1981; Young & Vavrina, 2014). While there are similarities to Extension staffing and workforce development in all geographic areas, personnel serving the Extension mission in urban areas face unique challenges due to the context of urban communities:

Scale – Due to the sheer number of people living in urban communities, the ratio of Extension personnel to residents and key stakeholders is usually far greater in urban areas than in rural areas. This challenges the reach and effectiveness of Extension’s long-established engagement strategies which have relied heavily on direct education. Reaching large numbers of people requires new approaches to program planning, delivery, and evaluation. Follow this link to read the Leading Edge Dialogue White Paper.

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What is diversity and why is it important? What is the difference between equality and equity? What does it mean to be inclusive? How do all of these things fit together to achieve justice? This 60-minute session will explore these questions and provide an introduction to diversity, equity, and inclusion so attendees can better understand and engage in current social justice movements. The webinar is being held Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 1-2 p.m. ET.  Follow this link to learn more. 

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Join the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities on Monday, February 22, 2021 at 4 p.m. EST for a special webinar in celebration of Black History Month featuring three Black leaders in public higher education. During this event, the featured speakers will discuss their own personal journey, reflect on the history and progress public universities have made toward better serving Black students, and explore the challenges and opportunities for public universities as they work to do more to expand access, ensure the success of Black students and faculty, and foster inclusive campuses. Follow this link to learn more. 

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For Aaren Topley, B.C.’s front-line workers inspire him to continue learning, researching, and working with all things food. “Whether that’s a teacher doing a school garden or a meal program, or someone providing community meal programs to people that are living on the streets,” he said. “Those people really inspire me day today. I get to connect with them.”

Topley has worked in food system development for eight years and is now the provincial manager of Can You Dig It at the Public Health Association of BC. For the past four years, he has worked with Farm to School BC, which brings fresh and sustainable produce to schools across the province. Follow this link to learn more.

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The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities Learning & Sharing Virtual Series is a CUMU members-only program focused on critical dialogue with practical takeaways that create action. This virtual series brings together CUMU administrators, faculty, staff, students, and community partners over the course of three months to learn from one another and share challenges and successes on a set of discrete issue areas. This virtual series is offered at no-cost to CUMU members (The Ohio State University is a member) and their partners. Follow this link to learn more.

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The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan universities Learning & Sharing Virtual Series is a CUMU members-only program focused on critical dialogue with practical takeaways that create action. This virtual series brings together CUMU administrators, faculty, staff, students, and community partners over the course of three months to learn from one another and share challenges and successes on a set of discrete issue areas. This virtual series is offered at no-cost to CUMU members and their partners. Follow this link to learn more.

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While there are similarities to Extension staffing and workforce development in all geographic areas, personnel serving the Extension mission in urban areas face unique challenges due to the context of urban communities:

  • Scale
  • Diversity
  • Complexity
  • Urban Rural Interface

So how do we collectively address the unique workforce challenges within urban Extension? Read through a summary of robust dialogue shared among Extension and Human Resource professionals at NUEC'19, along with a published resource to help you take your Urban Extension workforce development strategies to the next level. Check out this white paper - the latest in the series compiled from the Leading Edge Dialogues. Dr. Julie Fox was the lead author with other contibutors authors from around the country.

The Leading Edge Dialogues (LED’s) were 90-minute interactive workshops held during the 2019 National Urban Extension Conference which explored critical issues facing our cities and our universities. Each LED consisted of a multi-sector panel presentation followed by a facilitated group discussion with all attendees. These papers capture both the presentations and the innovative discussion that followed for one of the LED’s. Check out the series here.

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