Transforming How We Think about Good Food + Good Jobs. Throughout the second of three co-labs, the FoodLab Detroit Strategy Council members worked to further refine what it means to be a provider of good food and good jobs. Taking the findings...
Year-round, members provide guidance and input to staff on needs, opportunities, priorities, and strategies to grow the good food business ecosystem. But there are always more ideas for projects and programs than we have time or resources to pursue. In order to prioritize our collective energy and make sure we're "pulling together" as a community, each year, at our annual Member Summit, FoodLab staff leads a process where members discuss, vote, and work to define goals and strategy around a Community Action. This conversation leads to an annual Community Action Project with specific and achieveable metrics for success.
Community Action Goals are publicly-facing commitments that we make as a community guided by input from our ecosystem and information from staff. These are similar to a nonprofit's objectives or a business team’s targets, but they are defined and chosen cooperatively by our membership. We set our first Community Action Goals at our first Member Summit in November 2013.
- Nov 2013: Operation Aboveground
- Nov 2014: Drive to Thrive (updates on the way!)
When Dawn joined last year's FoodLab BASE cohort in March of 2014, she was mainly a grower (and, of course, growing is still central to what she does). At her farm in Corktown, Labrosse Farm, Dawn cultivates heirloom tomato and pepper plants and is keenly interested in the full life-cycle...