Community Food Councils: Challenges and Opportunities Webinar On-Demand

On-Demand through 2014

This webinar is free thanks to funding from the North Carolina Community Transformation Grant (CTG) Project and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. 

Registration Instructions


Efforts to cultivate locally-based, self-reliant, and sustainable food economies, what some call the local food movement, is an important issue for local governments. Local food systems connect with many core concerns of local government including economic development, public health, environmental stewardship, and social or civic health.

Yet local government isn’t “in charge” of the local food economy any more than producers or consumers of food are. Local food economies are complex systems and thus efforts to improve or change the system require collaboration and partnerships among many key stakeholders, including local governments.

Community and regional food councils (sometimes called food policy councils) are emerging as important mechanisms to stimulate the kind of dialogue and concerted action necessary to improve local food systems. These councils are rapidly emerging across the country. In the last five years, food council activity in NC has grown to include over two dozen NC counties participating in or developing community-based food councils or networks.

Community food councils are thus a new and emerging field. There are many unknowns, yet promising practices are emerging. This webinar brings together several experts on food councils to discuss success factors as well as pitfalls to avoid in creating and maintaining a community food council. Opportunities for continued networking and  learning will also be discussed.

Thanks to funding from the North Carolina Community Transformation Grant (CTG) Project and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, this webinar will be available for viewing free.

  • Local government elected officials
  • City and county managers
  • Planners/planning boards
  • Public health
  • Social services
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Economic development organizations
  • Travel and tourism organizations
  • Cooperative Extension
  • Soil and Water
Faculty coordinator

Rick Morse, Associate Professor of Public Administration and Government


This webinar is co-hosted by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, a partnership of North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, and NC Department of Agriculture

Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS)

North Carolina State University

Contact: Teisha Wymore, Community Food Strategies, 919-515-0244

Online information

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