2020 Town Hall Summaries & Videos Available
This summer and fall, KRC hosted four virtual town halls that offered opportunities to share information and community dialogue on the unique challenges or opportunities communities face within the context of an election year and the new realities of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual space also allowed for the conversations to have statewide perspective. Over 200 Kansans as well as many out of state supporters tuned in.
These came at a time when Kansans are thinking about resiliency and what the future will look like for food, agriculture, and rural communities. This year’s Town Hall series built on the visions and ideas outlined in previous years by focusing the first three town halls on regional food systems resilience, rural revitalization, and climate and renewable energy. Natalie Fullerton, KRC Assistant Director said, “We wanted people to come away from the conversations with a better understanding of common concerns, goals and reasons for hope now and in the future.”
The fourth focused on farm to school programs around the state as KRC launched their two year farm to school project. The project will help train producers and help build relationships with schools but perhaps most importantly, will provide platforms like this for Kansas to learn more about it and how to support farm to school.
The town halls are part of KRC’s Integrated Voter Engagement project, funded by the Kansas Health Foundation and Farm to School project, funded by USDA. The projects aim to improve economic, community, environmental, and human health in Kansas by strengthening civic engagement and public policy support that better incorporates Kansas farms and communities into the state’s healthy food supply chain.