National Food Policy Councils
Urban Agriculture at its finest: An apiary in the city of Pittsburgh
photo credit: Penn State Extension of Allegheny County and Burgh Bees
Food Policy Councils
Helping local, regional and state governments address food systems challenges Food Policy Councils - pdf.
Great document, by the American Planning Association, on the role of FPC's in addressing food systems challenges.
San Francisco Urban Ag Incentive Zone
In late July and early August, San Francisco's Board of Supervisors and Mayor approved legislation creating California’s first urban agriculture incentive zone. The new law allows the city to provide a property tax break for San Francisco property owners who dedicate their land to agricultural use for at least five years.
For details on the San Francisco legislation (including links to the text of the ordinance), see:
For background on the state law, AB 551, that allows cities and counties to set up urban agriculture incentive zones see: http://www.spur.org/blog/2013-10-02/california-s-new-urban-agriculture-property-tax-incentive
The San Francisco Chronicle also published an article about the law:
A powerpoint presentation on how food policy councils have worked on farm-to-school initiatives.
Good Laws, Good Food: Putting Local Food Policy to Work for Our Communities (pdf)
A toolkit written by THE HARVARD LAW SCHOOL FOOD LAW AND POLICY CLINIC in partnership with the Community Food Security Coalition for navigating regulations, ordinances and other legal topics in starting a food policy council. This toolkit is designed for food policy councils but will also benefit individuals and organizations—extending from nonprofits to city planners to local government agencies—interested in enacting change in their local food system.
'Cutting Through the Red Tape' is a Resource Guide compiled by Food First Institute for Food and Development Policy that focuses on multiple areas of food policy work including: production, processing, distribution, consumption, and food waste recovery. It also provides 'getting started' information that includes funding, food assessments, food policy audits, city plans and more.
'Food Policy Councils: Lessons Learned' is a study conducted by Food First and the Community Food Security Coalition. What lessons can be taken from North America’s three-decade experiment in formulating local food policy? Food Policy Councils: Lessons Learned is an assessment based on an extensive literature review and testimony from 48 individual interviews with the people most involved in Food Policy Councils.
A resource developed by the Drake University Agricultural Law Center, which develops resources for and provides support to Food Policy Councils in cooperation with the USDA Risk Management Agency. This document answers questions about Food Policy Councils start-up, models, goals, and outcomes.
Links to other resources and a quick summary of food policy councils and start-up recommendations.
Neighboring Food Policy Councils
A well established Food Policy Council in Cleveland, Ohio. Website includes details on organizational structure, work, programs, and accomplishments.
Based in Gettysburg, PA the Adams County Food Policy Council is an affiliated task force of Healthy Adams County and established by a proclamation of the county commissioners on May 13, 2009. The website defines their work, programs, and accomplishments.