Toolkits

We continue to collect what we’ve learned from multiple of years of food council development and put that information into user-friendly resources that food councils can use across the state.  Several toolkits are linked below that we encourage food councils to use in their work.  Each shares specific information about the North Carolina network.  Please contact us with any questions or feedback to improve these resources.

toolkitStrategic Advocacy Toolkit 

This tool offers a step-by-step approach to relationship building and policy change. We believe that effective strategy is essential for successful advocacy that can make a lasting, positive impact on your community. This toolkit is useful for groups just learning who the decision makers are in their community and for groups who are ready to create a full, printed advocacy plan building a case for change.

Currently, there is direct assistance available for a limited number of food councils that want to use this toolkit to:

  • Engage in strategic networking with decision-makers and food system stakeholders,
  • Draft and prioritize a policy platform,
  • Give input on local and regional planning processes, and
  • Create and implement strategic advocacy plans.

Some examples include:

  • Advocating for the inclusion of food system related language to comprehensive plan updates,
  • Advocating for the establishment of a Local Food Economy Fund,
  • Advocating for changes to municipal rules around commercial crop production

For more information about these services, please fill out our application form noting your interest in technical assistance for strategic advocacy. For questions about the TA available, email team member Jared Cates at jared@carolinafarmstewards.org.

Food Council Development: A Toolkit for Communities from Seed to Start-Up

This toolkit is intended for community members interested in developing a cross-sector group organized to positively impact food systems change in their whole community.  We distilled our project team’s work in leading over 30 community groups through food council development into this toolkit.  Our ‘best practices’ and example activities are outlined here, including tools for outreach, organizing, and decision making to create an active and engaged food council that has impact and staying power in your community.  

Communities can use this toolkit as a starting place or a tool to come back to for re-organizing or re-energizing an existing council effort.

Candidate Forum Toolkit

The steps outlined in this toolkit are based on our own experiences organizing candidate and community forums, our experiences working with elected officials, and on common best practices for these types of events.  Most of this document will refer to food councils as the hosts of these events, however any community group can use this toolkit as a guide to organizing a successful forum or meet-and-greet event.

Check out our video featuring three 2016 Candidate Meet-and-Greet Forums.

Collective Impact Toolkit

Organized around the idea of collective impact, the purpose of this toolkit is to support organizations conducting local food systems work by providing a method for these partnering groups to measure progress, share data, and use information to drive local food system strategies and activities. The toolkit is based on information gathered over several years from a series of local food system projects and case studies from across North Carolina.

Baseline Assessment Toolkit

This toolkit is coming soon!  This toolkit will share our best practices for communities interested in completing a community-based food system assessment.

 

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