After nine months and much community input, a new Community Food System Strategic Plan for the Wood River Valley region has been unveiled.

     Food system analyst Ken Meter of Crossroads Resource Center conducted 61 interviews of food system leaders and analyzed regional economic data to come up with key action steps for the community. According to the Sun Valley Institute, the strategic plan is already leading to more unified action and new collaborations, including a Wholesale Producer Partnership.

     On Thursday, May 16, Meter will return to the Wood River Valley to present his findings to the community and help regional food leaders develop plans for strategic solutions. Community members are encouraged to come learn more at “The State of Our Food System” presentations.

  • Morning presentation: 9-11 a.m. at the Community Campus, Queen of the Hills Room, 1050 Fox Acres Road in Hailey.
  • Evening presentation: 5:30-7 p.m. at Sawtooth Brewery Public House, 631 Warm Springs Road in Ketchum.

     Both events are free of charge. Register at

     “The State of Our Food System” is co-hosted by community partners including Blaine County Food Council, Local Food Alliance, Sun Valley Institute, The Hunger Coalition, University of Idaho Extension, Western SARE and Sawtooth Brewery.

     To learn more and read the full Community Food System Strategic Plan, visit

     For additional details, contact Amy at or Stacy at

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