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The FPN team provides training and technical assistance to FPCs and groups of FPCs that wish to collaborate on local, state, regional, and tribal food policy. Below is a sampling of past and future trainings that we have facilitated. Please contact for more information.

Past Trainings and Webinars

  • A pre-conference workshop will be held at NESAWG – NE Sustainable Ag Working Group, Hartford CT
    • November 10, Food Policy Councils Short Course – Putting Local and State Food Policy into Action
      Transforming the food system into one that is food secure, sustainable, and healthy increasingly requires effective public policy work. Local and state food policy councils, now numbering over 260 across North America, including 50 in the Northeast Region, are organized to catalyze that transformation. This course will assist representatives from the Northeast to identify and use local and state food policies for food system change. Through presentations and interactive group work, participants will be introduced to tools that increase the effective selection and utilization of food policies – legislation, regulation, budgeting, and administrative collaboration – policies that are developing a proven track record at the local and state levels. Since most of the participants will be from the Northeast, the course will also promote networking opportunities designed to lead to the development of a regional FPC network. Anne Palmer, Karen Banks & Mark Winne, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
    • November 11, Food Policy Councils: Getting Started and Moving Forward
      The workshop will provide people who are interested in starting food policy councils as well as participants from existing food policy councils with helpful tools for developing and operating new councils as well as enhancing the performance of existing ones. It will also provide a networking opportunity for Northeast Region’s food policy councils.
      Presenters: Karen Banks, Anne Palmer, Mark Winne, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
  • Chesapeake Food Policy Leadership Institute, April 2016
    CLF staff along with experts from across the local, state and federal food policy sector offered a second training for emerging and established food policy councils in the Chesapeake region. This training focused on leadership development to advance policy change, including assessment of policy options, storytelling, how to work with policy makers and evaluation.
  • Food System Change through Procurement Policy, April 2016
    The FPN project along with the Chesapeake Foodshed Network hosted a panel of five speakers to discuss regional, environmentally sustainable, just, and humane practices in institutional food procurement. This webinar offered an overview of the CLF report, Instituting Change, and an economic analysis of local food procurement in the Chesapeake region, and showcased the Good Food Purchasing Policy and its implementation in Chicago, IL. View the archived webinar.
  • Mobilizing for Policy Action, March 2016
    The FPN project along with the Chesapeake Foodshed Network welcomed Mark Winne, Kathy Green (Austin Travis County Food Policy Board), and Pam Roy (New Mexico Food and Agriculture Policy Council) to discuss effective policy actions, including how to build public support for your policy proposal and how to garner interest from key decision makers. View the archived webinar.
  • Legal Levers of Food Policy, March 2016
    The FPN project along with the Chesapeake Foodshed Network welcomed the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic to talk about the legal, regulatory and administrative levers that a food policy council can pull to achieve effective policy change. View the archived webinar and read the accompanying toolkits on local and state food policy.
  • NESAWG Annual Conference, November 2015
    Mark Winne and Anne Palmer facilitated a food policy council session on engaging community and building diversity at the 2015 Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) Conference in Saratoga Springs, NY.
  • Closing the Hunger Gap Food Policy Council Conference, September 2015
    Anne Palmer, Mark Winne and Paula Daniels hosted a one-day short course on how to develop a food policy council or enhance the performance of an existing food policy council at the Closing the Hunger Gap conference in Portland, Oregon.
  • Overview of Collective Impact and Its Application for Food Policy Councils, September 2015
    The FPN project and the Chesapeake Foodshed Network cohosted a webinar on collective impact and the potential for food policy councils to use this framework to organize groups from different sectors to work together with a common agenda and indicators of success to solve a social problem, and its. View the archived webinar.
  • Putting Federal Policies to Work, June 2015
    The FPN project hosted this webinar on how local and state food policy councils (FPCs) have the potential to benefit from, and even influence, food system policies and regulations at the federal level. View the archived webinar and read the accompanying how-to guide.
  • Funding Food Policy Councils Webinar, March 2015
    The FPN project hosted a webinar to discuss how to overcome common funding challenges for food policy councils, how policy and advocacy fit into a foundation’s mission, and how to maintain relationships with funders. View the archived webinar and read the accompanying case study report.
  • Opportunities for Networking across Jurisdictions, February 2015
    FPN teamed up with the Institute for Public Health Innovation to host a webinar discussing how groups can network across geographies to maximize impact and effectiveness of policy changes. View the archived webinar.
  • Southeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG) Annual Conference, January 14-15, 2015
    Anne Palmer, Mark Winne, and Paula Daniels (Founder of the LA Food Policy Council) hosted a pre-conference training called “Food Policy Councils: Building the Southeast Region's Food Policy Capacity” at the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Conference. This training brought together 20 food policy leaders from the region for the first time.
  • NESAWG Annual Conference, November 11-12, 2014
    Mark Winne and Anne Palmer led a food policy council workshop at the 2014 Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) Conference in Saratoga Springs, NY. More information
  • Food Policy Council Movement Webinar, October 2014
    Food Day, Roots of Change, and FPN brought together food policy councils from across the country for a conversation on their collective work. View the archived webinar.
  • Chesapeake Region Food Policy Leadership Training Institute, October 2014
    CLF staff and visiting guests with extensive experience in local, state and federal food policy offered this training to improve the capacity of new and existing food policy councils and similar organizations in the Chesapeake region. The training focused on leadership development to influence food policy development and implementation, including organizational development, policy interventions and policy strategies, and communication. More information
  • New England Food Policy Council Convening, July 2014
    Over 50 people representing over 20 food policy councils from across the six New England states met in Leominster, Massachusetts, to share their interests and concerns about the region's food policies. This was the first time that New England's FPCs had met "face-to-face.” Mark Winne, Senior Advisor to the Food Policy Networks Projects at Center for a Livable Future, was a co-facilitator.
  • Grantmakers in Health Webinar, July 2014
    Anne Palmer and Mark Winne gave a general overview of local food policy and the Food Policy Networks project to help attract and reach funders not familiar with the food system. The two spoke alongside representatives of foundations currently focusing on food and health policy and advocacy, giving participants examples of opportunities for how this work is complimentary to traditional health funders.