Frederick County Food Council

90% of the food consumed in Frederick County comes from outside Maryland.  Several citizens joined together, led by Community FARE and Fox Haven,  to change that.  

  • On April 19th Community FARE, Fox Haven Organic Farm and Learning Center and experienced food system professionals from Center for
    a Livable Future met to help build a Food Council and advance Frederick County’s local food access, economy and sustainability. Together the groups and more than 50 invitees discussed identifying and prioritizing the steps needed to maximize production, increase access to healthy locally grown food and educate on food its preparation.  Read this opinion piece from one attendee.
  • On May 17th participants met at Fox Haven to discuss the FCFC vision and mission.  Following that meeting Community FARE prepared a poll to get over 80 participants to vote on their preferred vision and mission.  Vision: Frederick County’s vibrant agricultural community is a regional model that supports farmers, creates market demand and equitable distribution of fresh, locally grown food, and improves the health and resilience of our communities.
  • Mission:  The Frederick County Food Council (FCFC) promotes efforts that support our local agricultural economy, education about our local food and food system, equitable food distribution networks, and sustainable environmental practices that benefit county residents and farmers.
  • On June 21st participants met at C Burr Artz Public Library.  The meeting was led by Federated Charities Executive Director, Elin Ross.  Read about the meeting here.  Three committees formed:  Agricultural Economics, Local Food Access and Food Education  Read more about our progress.
  • Between June 21-Aug 29 committees are meeting to decide their goals and tasks.
  • Wednesday, August 29 6-7:30 meeting at the Milk House Brewery to present committee goals and ideas, and next steps.

Everyone welcome.