Orange County residents and those who work in Orange County are invited to join Orange County Cooperative Extension Service, Orange County Health Department, the UNC Chapel Hill Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems for a local food meeting on September 29, 2014. The meeting will begin at 5:30 pm and run until 7:00 pm at the Southern Human Services Building at 2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.
The agenda includes examining our mutual interests in food and agriculture and how we might work together to support vibrant farms, healthy people, thriving local economies, strong communities, and resilient ecosystems in Orange County.
The purpose of the meeting is to examine the relevance of a food council for Orange County and to take initial steps towards developing a council as a formal entity.
A food council is a group made up of representatives from the different parts of the local foods system, including consumers, producers, processors, retailers, local decision-makers, and other stakeholders including those working on environmental sustainability, health, food access, social equity, and animal welfare. Every food council organizes in its own unique way, but most focus on assessing the local food system, identifying and bridging gaps in the system, and developing key linkages in the region and across the state.