Food Policy Council Workshop and Networking Session for New York
Food and agriculture policy councils, food coalitions, and other multi-stakeholder groups are organizing across the country to engage government at all levels to develop just, healthy, and sustainable local food systems. There are now an estimated 150 food policy councils in the U.S. that run the gamut from loose local food networks to statutorily authorized local and state food policy entities. Throughout New York there are several counties, cities, and regions that have organized food policy councils or are in the early stages of doing so.
This workshopwill be an opportunity to do two things. The first is to learn more about the “state of the art” of food policy council organizing and operation. What works, what doesn’t, and what can we reasonably expect from this approach to food democracy. The review will include the identification and engagement of council members, development and action on policy issues, creation of a suitable governance structure, and the development of private and public partnerships. The workshop will use interactive training methods to help participants develop or improve their own food policy council.
The second purpose of this gathering is to provide a networking opportunity for New York’s local food policy councils, coalitions, etc. Not only do we think the opportunity is right for everyone to meet each other, we think the time might be right to take more deliberate action toward forming a statewide network. We’ll explore this possibility. And in the process of doing this, we’ll provide an update and discussion about the “state of the state’s” of food policy work in New York and in Congress. There’s a lot going on!
Workshop Leaders and Sponsors:Mark Winne, Food Policy Council Program Director for the Community Food Security Coalition; Kate Mendenhall, Executive Director of NOFA-NY; Mark Dunlea, Executive Director of the Hunger Action Network of New York State. Funding for this event is provided by Heifer International.
Registration: Please register with Stephanie Backer-Bertsch at NOFA-NY. The number is 585-271-1979 x 509, or online at http://tinyurl.com/fpcreg. There is a registration fee of $10 per person to cover the cost of lunch and snacks. Due to limitations on space and workshop format, we must limit registration to the first 75 people. The registration deadline is May 25th.