Join the Food Policy Council
Do you feel passionate about building a more resilient, equitable, and community-based food system? Are you interested in working with the community to address food and agriculture issues? Join the Food Policy Council!
The council recruits from all sectors of the food system. Members are involved in researching and drafting recommendations to the County and other entities, networking, and creating opportunities for public input. The council meets monthly, and members also meet in working groups.
The council seeks members who feel energized to advance our 2022 priorities:
- American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA): invest ARPA funding to support local food initiatives
- Food Justice: focus on outreach, inclusion, and equitable opportunities in the food system
- Local Food Procurement Policies: research and support policies to increase institutional local food purchases
- Local Food Infrastructure: support wholesale purchasing, storage capacity, and local processing
If you are interested in joining the council, fill out the online application form. Applications must be submitted by 4:30 pm on Friday, August 5, 2022.
Johnson County Food Policy Council meets on the third Mondays of the month, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, next meeting is Monday, August 15.
Attend in person at the Johnson County Administration Building, 1st Floor Betty Sass Conference Room (913 S Dubuque St., Iowa City) or on Zoom. Meetings agendas are posted a week in advance at http://bit.ly/jocomeeting and include Zoom information.
Johnson County's Local Food System
Johnson County is a unique region in Iowa where the rural landscape meets our urban centers in many dynamic ways. We are a brilliant mix of talent, experience, and culture. The Johnson County Board of Supervisors and staff are committed to building a thriving local food system -- where the environment flourishes, businesses succeed, and everyone has access to diverse and culturally relevant food.
- What is the food system?
The food system is defined as the chain of activities connecting food production, processing, distribution, marketing, transportation, access, consumption and waste management.
- Local foods in Johnson County
In the fall of 2015, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors created a new position - the Local Foods and Planning Specialist - as part of the Planning, Development and Sustainability department. In 2018, the Local Foods Coordinator position was moved to the Board of Supervisors Office. The Local Foods Coordinator works closely with the Johnson County Board of Supervisors, county planners and community partners to increase local food production and access in Johnson County.
By creating this position, Johnson County is acknowledging the importance local foods have in our county, and that by developing a community-based food system, we are supporting all sectors of our environment - from public health to conservation..
- Why local foods and the County?
The food system has significant, daily impacts on the residents of Johnson County in terms of the environment, the local economy, employment, the transportation system, public health and waste. Everyone eats, therefore everyone is engaged in the food system.
In Johnson County, we see the need to build the community resources of our food system - and we are working to create a robust system that promotes worker's rights and builds resilience in the natural environment. The advancement of our local food system will enhance rural and urban economic development, increase access to nutritious food and build equity in our community.
Find Local Food
Got Veggies? Learn about Community Supported Agriculture
There are several Community Supported Agriculture farms in our area that residents can join. Johnson County Local Foods, Public Health, Field to Family, and local farmers hosted a webinar to share information about CSA and the benefits of becoming a member at a local farm.
Field to Family Local Food and Farm Guide
Field to Family created this resource to make it easier for consumers to find and shop for local food in our region. Visit their virtual guide to explore farms, restaurants, and stores that offer local food!
Johnson County Farmers Markets
There are several farmers markets across Johnson County. Some markets or market vendors accept SNAP/EBT and Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) checks. Visit these markets to meet local farmers and find fresh produce, meat, and other goods.