This article guides Extension educators in facilitating university-community partnerships in their locality. Principles and strategies for building effective and productive university-community partnerships around food that integrate research, education, and action are discussed, drawing from three examples. Partnerships are based on the principles of building off of community assets, diverse stakeholder involvement, guidance by community interests, and integration of research with practice. The partnership strategies encourage partners to develop common goals, clarify roles and responsibilities, develop protocols, commit the necessary resources, and create a flexible and trusting atmosphere. The need to balance multiple interests in a partnership is discussed.
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Gillespie, A. H., Gantner, L. A., Craig, S., & Dischner, K. (2003). Productive Partnerships for Food: Principles and Strategies. The Journal of Extension, 41(2), Article 9. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol41/iss2/9