Statewide Gathering. Food Council Happenings.
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Cultivating community. Creating equitable food policy.

Welcome to the first Community Food Strategies newsletter!  

Our team is thrilled to work with all of you and support a growing network of food councils. This newsletter is one of the methods we're exploring to help food councils and our partners become more familiar with available resources, trainings, and food council activities.  In this edition, you'll find highlights from fellow food councils, registration information to the Statewide Food Council Gathering, and other trainings or resources to share with your food council members and partners.

Please let us know what you think. We would love your input and to feature your food council or resource in our next edition, expected quarterly.


Connecting with Community - New video and toolkit released!
Multiple food councils held community or public forums this year to raise awareness of their council, get input from the community, and invite new members to join.  In this article, we share two new resources to help councils think creatively and strategically about using community forums as an opportunity to connect with the community - this video below and a Public Forum Toolkit.
This video highlights recent public forums from the Capital Area Food Network, Orange County Food Council, and Pitt County Farm & Food Council.  Food council leaders also share their reasons and advice for hosting public forums.


Registration Open

November 30 - December 1, 2017
All food council members, partners, and advocates are invited to the Statewide Food Council Gathering at WinMock, outside of Winston Salem, featuring food system experts, breakout sessions, and networking.

Triad Regional Connections

Representatives from nine food councils in the Triad came together for an in-person gathering for their summer quarterly convening. Councils shared highlights of the their work. All attendees gave input on the creation of a Piedmont Triad Food Systems Assessment and a regional food council.

2016 Annual Report

We're proud to share our annual report that documents our work and progress in 2016.  This report features the current status of food councils in NC, our approach to building capacity, our new logo, and our fabulous team. 

New members to LFCNC

The Local Food Council of North Carolina (LFCNC) welcomes three local food council leaders to the Council.  Doris Connell (Pitt County), Marcus Hill (Forsyth County), and Maria Julian (Watauga County) all join the LFCNC to represent the eastern, central, and western food councils across the state.


Connecting with local policy makers - Use our Candidate Forum toolkit, video, or a consultation to help organize a 2017 Candidate Forum, Op/Ed, or conversation with candidates running for office about farm and food policy. 

Go Local:  Build Power, Partnerships and Impact! Workshop -  This Grassroots Convening 21, hosted by Resourceful Communities, on September 12 - 13 in Sophia, NC will be a great training for food council members to gain a better understanding of how to access power and resources with local governments.

Sustainable Agriculture Leadership Training - As part of Carolina Farm Stewardship Association's annual conference they are hosting this two-day training (Nov 2-3) specifically for food council members and farmers to inspire policy engagement and effective advocacy for sustainable advocacy in your community.

Community Food Strategies works to empower local food councils and networks to create community-led collaboration and equitable policy change at the local, state and national level. This multi-organizational initiative focuses on building alliances and providing tools, trainings, and statewide structure to a growing network of local food councils across North Carolina.

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