What are the problems with our current food system? What are the benefits of a locally based food system? What is a Food Council, and how can it help us address the problems and move towards a locally based food system?
On April 19th Community FARE, Fox Haven Organic Farm 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.
The mission of the FCFC is to promote efforts that support our local agricultural economy, equitable food distribution networks and education about local food and food system change. The Council is working to ensure that Frederick County’s vibrant agricultural community is a regional model that supports farmers, creates market demand and equitable distribution of fresh, locally grown food that improves the health and resilience of our communities. Read more about FCFC’s progress.
The FCFC has 3 working groups to address each of the following: Agriculture Economic Development, Food Education and Food Equity. The FCFC seeks support (in kind and financial) to develop a logo, web and facebook page; note that there will be more information for you to read once those are launched! Please get in touch to learn more: firstname.lastname@example.org