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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.

Upcoming Trainings

  • Short course at the National Farm to School Network Conference, April 25, 2018 from 8 am – noon
    Join the Food Policy Networks project for a half-day conversation and reflection on how food policy councils can support Farm to School initiatives through local, state and institutional policy changes. Food policy councils (FPCs) have played a significant role in advancing Farm to School work by advocating for the establishment of state farm to school programs and garnering financial support for schools to purchase local foods, among other roles. During this preconference workshop, attendees will discuss the value of FPCs in advancing food systems policy, learn about examples of FPCs working on Farm to School efforts, and explore opportunities for Farm to School advocates and FPCs to work together to enhance each other's agendas.

Past Trainings

  • Food Policy Council Pre-conference, December 5, 2017
    The Food Policy Networks project team hosted a one-day workshop for food policy council members at the Community Food Systems Conference in Boston, MA.  Sixty-five food policy leaders spent the day conversing and reflecting on the state of food systems policy, exploring the relationship and between local and state FPCs and learning about a new tool to assess the capacity of an FPC to work on advocacy and policy.

  • Recovering Food in the Chesapeake Region: Policies, Resources and Innovations, June 27
    The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future and Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic are co-hosting a workshop on policies to reduce food waste and increase food recovery.  The workshop will present exciting new food recovery resources and opportunities to leverage policy to reduce wasting food in the food system. Workshop participants will discuss barriers to food recovery, gain inspiration from food waste reduction advocates and policy experts, and discuss policy options and reforms to support food waste reduction in the Chesapeake region.

  • Fundraising for Your Food Council, June 28
    The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future is delighted to host a workshop on how to harness the basic principles of fund raising, marketing and communications to advance the goals of your food policy council.  This collaborative, interactive and pragmatic workshop will provide an overview of the funding marketplace, engage councils in the development a strong case for your work, offer guidance on identifying funding prospects, discuss how to structure your council for effective funding support, and work with councils on the stewardship of donors and volunteers.  This workshop will be facilitated by fundraising expert Shelley Rae Rudick, Vice President of The Taft Organization and member of the Montgomery County Food Council.

  • Cultivating Food System Leadership for Racial Equity, May 2017
    This workshop was designed to help food policy councils understand how to better integrate racial equity on an everyday basis, in their organizational structure, developing partnerships, and making policy.  Expertly facilitated by Kristin Schwab, Philly food justice educator, and Esteban Kelly from the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, this daylong, interactive workshop provided space for food policy councils in the Chesapeake region to reflect on the challenges they face to expand food sovereignty and offered resources and guidance on how to operationalize equity throughout their work.

  • Values-based Food Procurement, May 2017
    The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future co-hosted a daylong workshop on values-based food procurement with the Center for Good Food Purchasing. This workshop brought together food policy leaders and institution representatives involved with purchasing food or setting policy related to food procurement to take a deep dive into the field of values-based procurement; explore the Good Food Purchasing Program approach that uses a holistic, policy driven framework for values-based purchasing; examine the existing procurement landscape, food chain infrastructure, and community capacity; and discuss the potential for enhanced regional collaboration around procurement.

  • Food Policy Councils Short Course: Putting Local and State Food Policy into Action, November 2016
    Mark Winne, Anne Palmer and Karen Bassarab facilitated a preconference workshop on tools and strategies to increase effective selection and utilization of local and state food policies for food systems change. The workshop took place at the 2016 Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) Conference in Hartford, CT.

  • Food Policy Councils: Getting Started and Moving Forward, November 2016
    Mark Winne, Anne Palmer and Karen Bassarab presented a session on starting a food policy council, offering helpful tools for developing and operating new councils as well as enhancing the performance of existing ones. The workshop took place at the 2016 Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) Conference in Hartford, CT.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.