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Local Food Policy Council

As an extension of its advocacy work for progressive urban agriculture in Raleigh’s new zoning code, the Raleigh Urban Ag Work Group (of which AHA is a member) is exploring the creation of a Local Food Policy Council for Raleigh and/or Wake County.

Assisted by Christy Shi, a food planner working at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), work group members have been meeting to discuss strategy and goals for developing a council. The project is still in early stages, but the mission is to bring government, private enterprise, public interest and non-profits together, along with representation of all sectors of the local food system, into a self-defined council that helps steer our local food system policies towards a shared vision of prosperity, health, equity, and economic opportunity.

This project coincides with the forthcoming release of the new Wake County Agriculture Economic Development Plan, which may provide an important starting point for council work. Any questions or expressions of interest can be directed to Erin White.

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