Ken Meter: Food Systems: Planning for Emergence

Department of City and Regional Planning Professional Planning Colloquium

Ken Meter is one of the most experienced food system analysts in the U.S. integrating market analysis, business development, systems thinking, and social concerns. As president of Crossroads Resource Center in Minneapolis, Meter has 41 years experience with inner-city and rural community capacity building. His Finding Food in Farm Country studies have promoted local food networks in 83 regions in 30 states and one Canadian province. As coordinator of public process for the City of Minneapolis Sustainability Initiative, he guided over 85 residents in creating a 50-year vision for the city including sustainability measures. He served as an adviser for the USDA Community Food Projects including managing the proposal review panel, and serves as a contributing editor to the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. He is convenor and cochair of the Community Economic Development Committee for the Community Food Security Coalition. Meter has taught economics at the University of Minnesota and at the Harvard Kennedy School.