Connecting, Strengthening and Scaling Food Supply Chains in the Northwest and Rocky Mountain Region

Lorie Higgins

University of Idaho

Lorie is a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology and an Extension Community Development Specialist. She leads the Western Community Assessment Network (WeCAN), which provides research, evaluation and assistance with community development assessments in Idaho (WesternCAN.org), Wyoming and Montana. WeCAN staff facilitates a monthly Peer Learning Network meeting, annual Solutions Roundtables and provides leadership development tools to rural leaders in the three states. Another program developed and led by Lorie is Two Degrees Northwest: Where Art Meets the Land (2dnw), an artisan trails website and guide book focused on the local foods, art and heritage of a 13 county area of North Central Idaho and Southeastern Washington. She is also part of a national team that has developed Ripple Effects Mapping (REM), a participatory story-based evaluation process that captures intended and unintended impacts of community-based programs. She will lead NWRM Food Business Center REM activities in Idaho. She and her WeCAN team will organize and facilitate a virtual six-state Solutions Roundtable, a peer learning opportunity for stakeholders to learn about climate resilient agricultural solutions being implemented across the region.
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