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Cultivating community. Creating equitable food policy.

Join us at the Statewide Food Council Gathering 
November 30 - December 1, 2017! Registration costs go up on 11/17/17.
Register HERE today! 

Join us and nearly 200 other local food council members, local government officials, educators, planners, farmers, food systems advocates, and faculty interested in cross-sector systems change and local food policy!  

We are looking forward to having so many passionate and dedicated folks together to celebrate the amazing work happening across North Carolina towards understanding and affecting our food system. This event will start with sharing two frameworks to better understand our work with food policy: The Four Phases of Food Council Development and Phases of Racial Equity Awareness. We hope these lenses will offer deeper listening and learning during the full two days.

See more about our Keynote, Ignite Presentations and Concurrent Sessions below. Other activities include a Social Hour with a Resource & Funding Fair, Food Systems Photo Booth, and Regional Networking sessions. We hope to see you there!


Keynote Presentation:
Thursday, Nov 30, 1:00pm 

"Why the "Good Food" Movement needs good food laws, and what role local food councils can play."

- Savi Horne, Land Loss Prevention Project

Local Food Policy Councils (LFPC) have created momentum for integrating access to healthy, affordable food that nourishes our bodies, protects our environment, and provides fair wages; however very often people of color are left behind in this progress.

In fact, marginalized rural communities are not on the radar of many LFPCs across the nation. Ensuring food systems equity is still a long way-off and needs more than just policy dialogues to have meaning in disenfranchised communities. In North Carolina, the LFPCs are working to fashion models that are working within communities to make the change that we want in our local food system.

This is a time to act together, from local councils to federal Farm Bill re-authorization, we have an opportunity to share the models and policies that are working in our urban and rural communities and engage at national, state and local levels to actualize the changes needed in a food system that delivers healthy food, land conservation and justice for communities, farmers, and workers.

-- Savonala (Savi) Horne is Executive Director of the Land Loss Prevention Project, a nonprofit organization founded to curtail epidemic losses of Black owned land and to provide legal assistance to all financially distressed and limited resource farmers and landowners in North Carolina. Ms. Horne specializes in minority agricultural issues, sustainable agriculture, food systems policy, and environmental justice policy.

Ignite Presentations, Friday, Dec 1, 1:30pm

  • “So Good Pupusas; A Social Justice Food Truck”, Cecelia Polanco, So Good Pupusas
  • “Connecting Food Councils to Local Government”, Jenn Weaver, Orange County Food Council
  • “Leveraging Micro-Markets”, Henry Crews, Green Rural Development Cooperative
  • “Farmers and the Health Department: Networking towards partnerships”, Grace Kanoy, Davidson County Local Food Systems Network
  • “Cultivating Allies for Food Systems Advocacy”, Katherine Metzo, Charlotte Mecklenberg Food Policy Council
  • “The Power of Engagement”, Carl Vierling, Greater High Point Food Alliance
Concurrent Session topics include:
  • Using Results Based Accountability: from priority setting to grant writing, Rebecca Reeve, UNCA Health & Wellness, Dave Walker, Watauga Food Council
  • Storytelling Part 1 & 2: Speaking Your Truth: Telling Your Organization's Story with Integrity and Joy, Joy Saylers, Social Activist/Folklorist  
  • Council structures: Questions to ask and tools to use, Karen Bassarab, Center for a Livable Future and several NC local food council members    
  • Meaningful Measures of Impact: Exploring options and techniques for measuring success of your food council, Danielle Sherman, Active Living by Design; Tracy Kunkler, Circle Forward Forward; Rev. Dr. Joe Blosser, High Point University; Erin White, Community Food Lab
  • The Listening Project: A tool for engaging communities, Herbie Walters, Listening Project Founder; Kathleen Wood, DigIn Community Garden; Jana Bartleson, RD, Public Health Diabetes and Nutrition Educator; Katherine Savage, Yancey Alliance for Young Children    
  • Is a Food Hub Right For Your Community? Best Practices from Food Hubs around North Carolina, Thomas Moore, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and the Cabarrus Farm and Food Council; Shannon Carroll, High Country Food Hub; Neal Curran, Bull City Cool, Sarah Daniels, Feast Down East and Maxine White, Coalition for Healthier Eating     
  • Communications Essentials to Energize and Engage Volunteers and Your Community,  Kivi Leroux Miller, Non-profit Marketing Guide  
  • Lessons in Advocacy: How Food Councils Are Impacting Policy Change, Karen Bassarab, Center for a Livable Future and Jared Cates, Community Food Strategies
  • Tools and Strategies for Leadership Cultivation within Community Coalitions, Erin Byrd, Blueprint NC
  • Local & Regional Governments: Best Practices for Citizen Advocates, Emily Edmonds, NC Growing Together, Center for Environmental Farming Systems  
  • Working with Higher Education Institutions, Michelle Eley, NC A&T State University and NC Local Food Council; Robyn Stout & Emma Hutchins, 10% Campaign & UFoods, Center for Environmental Farming Systems; Clifton Dial, St. Andrews University and ScotLand Grows; Noran Sanford, ScotLand Grows and Growing Change; Seth Heffern, Growing Change and St. Andrews University  
  • Different Pathways to State and Federal Policy Change, Edgar Miller, Conservation Trust for NC & North Carolina Local Food Council, Rochelle Sparko, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, John Coggin, The Rural Center; Grady McCallie, Conservation Network; Sarah Jacobson, American Heart Association; Preston Peck, Toxic Free NC; Katherine Metzo, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Food Policy Council
  • Getting real about local food – a regional approach, Mike Ortosky, Orange County Economic Development; James Watts, Weaver St. Market Cooperative; Napoleon Wallace, NC Department of Commerce; Brett Evans, Red Hawk Farms; Gini Bell, Farmer Foodshare   


Funding for Food Councils

Applications due Dec 31, 2017
We are offering local food council micro-grants up to $4000 to help increase your council's capacity, attend trainings, or support projects. Grant activities should take place between Mar 2018 - Feb 2019.

The Listening Project

The Toe River Food Security Network is using empathetic listening techniques to build relationships of trust for future community organizing including increased awareness, communication, and collaboration around food insecurity.

Webinars: Council Structure

In Part 2 of this webinar series exploring organizational structures for food councils, learn about the benefits and challenges of working with a fiscal agent. Join speakers from Durham Farm & Food Network and Reinvestment Partners.

Asheville Candidates Forum

The Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Council and partners attracted nearly 100 people to a City Council and Mayoral Candidate Forum to discuss their proposed Food Action Plan, promoting healthy food access and food sovereignty.

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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