Humboldt Food Policy Council

Who are we?

The Humboldt Food Policy Council is a network of food systems stakeholders. We include grocers, farmers, public health, hospitals, economic developers, local food advocates, planners, food pantries, elected officials and consumers.

What is the Humboldt Food Policy Council working on?

Our overall goal is to build a strong local and equitable food system through targeted policy changes. Some of the topics we are working on include:
     • Healthy Food Access and Education
     • Planning / Land Use
     • Agricultural Production
     • Food Processing
     • Farm-to-Institution
     • Food Insecurity
     • Distribution
     • Food Waste

What is a Food System?

The food system can be thought of as ‘farm to table,’ encompassing all the activities that take place from farm production to consumption: 1) Agricultural Production, 2) Processing, 3) Distribution, 4) Marketing and Consumption, and 5) Waste and Recycling. The availability, cost, transport miles and quality of our foods are all linked to these processes, which have far reaching impacts.

What is a Food Policy Council?

Food Policy Councils (FPC's) are comprised of stakeholders from various segments of a local food system. Councils are typically sanctioned through government action such as an Executive Order, Public Act, or Joint Resolution. However, many Councils have formed through grassroots effort and operate without an official convening document. FPC's are innovative collaborations between citizens and government officials which give voice to the concerns and interests of many who have long been under-served or un-represented by agricultural institutions. The primary goal of many Food Policy Councils is to examine the operation of a local food system and provide ideas and recommendations for improvement through public policy changes. – Drake Agricultural Law Center

Next Meeting:

The public is invited to all FPC meetings. We meet the second Thursday of every month (except November and December) from 5:30 to 8:00 PM. In 2014, we meet at The LInk, 1385 8th Street, Arcata. We have a potluck dinner, so bring a dish to share.

Laura McEwen
CCRP Community Food Systems Analyst
Phone: 707-826-3400
E-mail: lm33 [at] humboldt [dot] edu
February 2014 Agenda

Past Meeting Notes & Agendas:

January 2014 Minutes
Interest Form for Prospective Voting Members
January 9, 2014 Meeting Summary
Humboldt Food Policy Council Charter February 7, 2014
Humboldt Food Policy Council Charter January 7, 2014
January 2014 Agenda
November 2013 Minutes
Food Policy Charter October 14, 2013
Food Policy Council Charter October 3, 2013

September 2013 Agenda
August 2013 Agenda
August 2013 Minutes
July 2013 Agenda
July 2013 Minutes
June 2013 Agenda
June 2013 Minutes
April 2013 Agenda
April 2013 Minutes
March 2013 Agenda
March 2013 Minutes
October 2012 Agenda
October 2012 Notes
June 2012 Agenda
May 2012 Agenda
April 2012 Agenda
April 2012 Notes
February 2012 Agenda
February 2012 Notes
December 1 Agenda
December 2011 Notes
September 2011 Agenda
September 2011 Notes
June 2011 Notes & Announcements
June 2011 Agenda
April 2011 Notes & Announcements

Further Resources:
     • Humboldt Community Food Assessment
     • Community Food Security Coalition
     • Drake Agricultural Law Center

Glenda Humiston USDA Slideshow (original Powerpoint)

Glenda Humiston USDA Slideshow (smaller PDF)