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Forming a Regional Food System Council/Coalition. What is the difference between a council and coalition ? What organization structure is best for my community? What  is working in other areas?. FEAST Leadership Network Webinar February 5, 2014. Agenda. Introductions

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Forming a Regional Food System Council/Coalition

What is the difference between a council and coalition?

What organization structure is best for my community?

What is working in other areas?

FEAST Leadership Network Webinar

February 5, 2014


Agenda

  • Introductions

  • Background: What’s in a Name?

  • Presentations

    • Established Regional Food System Coalition

    • Establishing Regional Food System Council

    • Statewide Food System Council

  • Q & A


Our Speakers

Kristin Frost-Albrecht, Executive Director

Sharon Thornberry, Community Food Systems Manager

Sara Miller, Economic Development Specialist

Wendy Peters Moschetti & Ron Carleton


What’s in a Name??

Musings of a

Grassroots Organizer

Sharon Thornberry

Community Food Systems Manager

Oregon Food Bank

Council, Coalition, Alliance, Network, Food Web or Not


Council:

1. an assembly of persons summoned or convened for consultation, deliberation, or advice.

2. a body of persons specially designated or selected to act in an advisory, administrative, or legislative capacity: the governor's council on housing.

www.dictionary.com


Coalition:

1. a combination or alliance, especially a temporary one between person, factions, states, etc.

2. a union into one body or mass; fusion.

www.dictionary.com


Alliance:

1. the act of allying or state of being allied.

2. a merging of efforts or interests by persons, families, states, or organizations.

3. the persons or entities so allied.

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Network:

1. an association of individuals having a common interest, formed to providemutual assistance, helpful information, or the like.

2. a system of interrelated buildings, offices, stations, etc., especially over a large area or throughout a country, territory, region, etc.: a network of farms or gardens.

www.dictionary.com


Food Web:

1. Noun Ecology.

2. a series of organisms related by predator-prey and consumer-resource interactions; the entirety of interrelated food chains in an ecological community.

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Considerations

  • What is your mission or purpose?

  • How formal do you intend to be?

  • Policy group? Is your existence codified?

  • What will your legal status be?

  • What kind of organizing documents will you need? MOU, Bylaws, Charter?

  • How does this collective fit into or serve the existing community food system?


Thank You!

Sharon Thornberry

Community Food Systems Manager

Phone: 971-205-5028

[email protected]

For more information:

Oregon Food Bank

www.oregonfoodbank.org

Food for Oregon

foodfororegon.oregonstate.edu


Wallowa County Food System Council

Sara Miller, Northeast Oregon

Economic Development District


History of Wallowa County Food System Organizing

  • 2006 first local food meetings and work plan

  • April 2010 Wallowa Chapter of Slow Food USA forms

  • May 2011 FEAST workshop in Enterprise

  • August 2011 NEOEDD receives AmeriCorps volunteer to complete a Community Food Assessment

  • October 2011 FEAST Funding & Organization committee becomes Wallowa County Food System Council, begins monthly meetings


History of Wallowa County Food System Organizing

  • September 2012 Community Food Assessment complete

  • October 2012, planning workshop with Sharon Thornberry, OFB; create 2012-2013 Strategic Plan

  • October 2013, planning workshop, review of first year accomplishments, educational presentation from Matt Buck, create 2013-2014 Strategic Plan


Strategic Plan Priorities

  • #1 Local Food Production and Processing - Strengthen producer network (communication and information) through increased collaboration (share information, resources, transport, marketing, etc.).

  • #2 Develop and expand farm/community - school gardens, including collaboration for additional funding

  • #3 Encourage development and collaboration among farmers markets


Accomplishments 2012-2013 Plan

  • Goal #1: Local Food Production and Processing

  • One farmer accessed USDA funds to construct a hoop house

  • One rancher made first sales of product to a buying club serving low/moderate income neighborhood.

  • Additional beef donated to the Food Bank.

  • Slow Food Wallowas started mini-grant program for producers.

  • NEOEDD provided matched savings funding for food/farm businesses.

  • At least 32 articles about local food and farms.


Accomplishments 2012-2013 Plan

  • Goal #2: Develop and expand farm/community - school gardens

  • Magic Garden awarded non-profit of the year at WC Chamber banquet, raised more than 3 tons of food for food access

  • Joseph Charter school, elementary and Enterprise Head Start students participate in Magic Garden activities.

  • First paid intern at the Magic Garden.

  • Wallowa Community garden increased production and provided food to the food bank, children’s summer lunch program and senior meals.

  • Wallowa High school student mentored in organic food production through Wallowa Community Garden


Accomplishments 2012-2013 Plan

  • Goal #3: Encourage development and collaboration among farmers markets.

  • Lower Valley Farmers Market was approved to accept SNAP EBT and Debit cards.

  • Communication and trust among farmers markets allowed them to develop a joint SNAP match project.

  • Slow Food Wallowas PigNic fundraiser raised $2,700 in funding for the joint SNAP match project.


Success Factors

  • Community spirit, hands-on attitude

  • Growing awareness of need for change

  • More people want to be self-sufficient

  • RARE volunteer support

  • Participation of partner organizations

  • NEOEDD staff support

  • Catalytic leaders


Challenges

  • Participation at meetings fluctuates

  • Changing leadership and lack of formal structure

  • Opportunity driven

  • Progress in some goal areas and not others

  • Need for ongoing support for convening, record keeping, coordination and resource acquisition


Where We Are Now

  • Regrouping – who wants to stay involved and why

  • Gardens and markets are moving ahead with their work

  • Food production/processing actions stuck

  • Possible RARE to support a few key goal areas: SNAP match sustainability; community garden sustainability and expansion; Wallowa County brand standards for ag/food.


www.cofoodsystemscouncil.org


COFSAC History

  • Initiated by LiveWell Colorado, www.livewellcolorado.org

  • Based on state and national recommendations to improve healthy food access

  • Established in 2010 by Senate Bill 10-106

  • Renewed in 2013 by Senate Bill 13-168


COFSAC Organizational Structure

  • Legislatively-mandated, Governor-appointed, volunteer, 15-member advisory body

  • Meets quarterly

  • Provides recommendations to the General Assembly, Governor’s Office, and the appropriate regulatory agencies

  • Does not make policy

  • Must issue two reports per year

  • One chair, one vicechair (only one from a state agency)

  • Consensus-building decision making framework

  • Very part-time staff funded by LiveWell CO


COFSAC Members

  • Fifteen Appointees/Representatives

    • Dept. of Agriculture

    • Dept. of Education

    • Dept. of Human Services

    • Dept. of Public Health and Environment

    • 2 Food Wholesaler/Retailer (small and large)

    • 3 Agricultural Production

    • 2 Nutrition and Health

    • Rural/Community/Economic Development

    • Anti-Hunger/Food Assistance

    • Academic

    • Extension


COFSAC Charge

  • To advance recommendations that strengthen healthy food access for all Coloradans through Colorado agriculture and local food systems and economies. 


Accomplishments

  • Communications & Engagement:

    • State tour

    • Listening sessions

    • Logo design

    • Survey & interviews of local councils

    • Issue submission form

    • Open meetings

  • EBT at Farmers Markets Working Group

  • Issue Briefs on EBT at markets and direct market technical assistance


Challenges

  • Slow process

  • Diverse knowledge base amongst members

  • Hard to secure state-wide representation

  • Lack of funding

  • No “teeth” (restricted to elevating issues and providing suggestions)

  • No tangible projects/outcomes


Building a State-wide Network

  • Survey & interview of local councils: http://www.cofoodsystemscouncil.org/local-food-coalitions.html

  • Monthly networking calls of councils

  • Summit of local councils! Feb 11 & 12th 2014!!


Additional Information

  • www.cofoodsystemscouncil.org

  • www.livewellcolorado.org/foodsystems

  • Ron Carleton, Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture, [email protected]

  • Wendy Peters Moschetti, WPM Consulting, [email protected]


Questions???


Sharon Thornberry

Community Food Systems Manager

Phone: 971-205-5028

[email protected]

Spencer Masterson

Community Resource Developer

Phone: 971-313-8585

[email protected]

Connect With Us on Social Media!

http://www.facebook.com/oregonfoodbankcfs

https://twitter.com/#!/OFB_SharonT


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