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Seed Phase Tools & Resources


Looking for ways to bring together diverse groups of people working on food projects?  Thinking about a food systems network?  Wondering whether a food policy council might be a good fit in your community?

You’re probably in the seed phase of food council or network development.  This is the time to explore readiness for an effort to intentionally organize and bring alignment between disparate efforts.


  • A self-selected group of volunteers, representing a cross-section of the food system, willing to work on food council development.
  • Increased awareness of the role of food councils in the community, especially among key stakeholders.
  • Increased knowledge of the community context and its readiness for a food council to form.
  • Increased trust and stronger relationship between the small group members who host a public meeting.