Upcoming Trainings

Our team along with several partners host workshops specific to food councils throughout the year.  We craft these workshops and trainings with the feedback from our regional gatherings and interactions with food councils.
Training through practical community-oriented courses, hands-on workshops, featuring localized content, expands community engagement capacity and enriches members’ strengths at analyzing food systems priorities and formulates effective strategies among the member network.
If you have a training or resource need, please let us know.

Wednesday, April 12, 10:00am

Join this webinar to get a general overview of the Food Council Development Toolkit, how to navigate the toolkit, and tips and resources for food council development. The webinar will be presented by Community Food Strategies team member Gini Knight.

Friday, February 24, 12:00-1:00pm

NC Food Policy Update 

Learn what is on the horizon at the NC General Assembly around issues related to food and farming.  Join Carolina Farm Stewardship Policy Director Rochelle Sparko and Community Mobilizer Jared Cates to hear what to expect in this year’s long session and learn about upcoming advocacy opportunities at both the state and federal levels.
RSVP here, which includes webinar registration information.

Tuesday, January 31st, 11am 

Good Food Purchasing Program Webinar

Please join the Center for Good Food Purchasing and Community Food Strategies for an introductory webinar to the Good Food Purchasing Program. Join us and learn more about how this program is creating values-based food supply chains for public institutions.

The webinar will be provided by Christina Spach, National GFPP Campaign Coordinator with the Food Chain Workers Alliance. Jared Cates, with Community Food Strategies, will also join to share advocacy and planning support available for food councils in NC who want to work towards the establishment of Good Food Purchasing Programs in their communities.

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (646) 749-3122
Access Code: 742-890-013

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Monday, November 21st

2016_rbatraining_4x4Clear Impact – Priority Setting & Evaluation Training

  • 9:30am-4:00pm, Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd, Raleigh, NC 
  • Free, travel stipends available to those traveling 35+miles one way.
  • Register here

Learn excellent tools for strategic visioning, action planning, program evaluation, and community facilitation.  Extension agents involved in food councils, with a small team of community partners, will be trained in the Results Based Accountability framework to enhance program delivery through skill building in facilitation processes that are asset based, community focused, drive group decision-making, identify measurable impacts, and support a shared understanding of end goals.  This project directly addresses the need for developing facilitation and management skills within food councils and offers Extension Agents and their community partners new skills that are useful in many projects and settings.

Sunday, November 6th

Planning for Action: Creating Strategic Pathways Towards Local Food System Change
Join Jared Cates and other members of the Community Food Strategies team, as he speaks on the importance of strategic networking and action planning when it comes to advocacy and policy change. A new online toolkit for Strategic Policy Action and its tools offer a systematic method for effective action towards policy change. Join in this interactive workshop where you will learn how to use the new website and make your own plan for strategic policy action! Full description.


Saturday, November 5th

wheatfield_bladenconc_4x4Planning and Preservation: Influencing Food and Farmland in Your Community

The ways that we plan now for development, growth and land-use will greatly affect how future generations will live and interact with the world around them. By taking into consideration preservation of farmland and green space, healthy food accessibility for all residents, green infrastructure, conservation of natural resources, walkability, etc, counties and municipalities are planning for a healthier future. Join this panel of experts on land-use, conservation, food systems and planning as they talk about ways that you – as an individual and as communities – can do to influence the future of food and farmland through conservation and planning. Full description.

Cultivating the Community Voice in Food Systems Change: An Update on Food Councils in the Carolinas

Over the past several years, the network of food councils has grown significantly, and the organization and impacts of councils is taking traction across the Carolinas. Hear about how more than 37 food councils are raising the community voice and making change towards a more resilient food system; the success stories and challenges of this growing network as well as the Local Food Council of NC’s focus and support in North Carolina. We will also share tools and resources developed to support food councils, including: participatory toolkits [council development; baseline assessments; policy action; and collective impact]; organizational development of food councils, and tools for peer-to-peer networking. Full description.

Friday, November 4th

fsc-on-racial-equityA Primer on Race Equity in the Food System for Food Councils

This ½ day workshop is intended for people who are interested in developing a shared understanding, analysis and language as a critical step in creating a more racially equitable food system. This introductory racial equity workshop will create opportunities for participants to 1) develop a shared understanding of how structural racism has impacted our food system 2) develop a shared analysis of systemic disparity and 3) explore strategies that create more equitable food systems opportunities for all people.

The facilitation team will offer tools that will assist in developing a historical context and understanding of how structural racism impacts our food system. We will cover tools to work collectively with communities most affected by disparities to increase food systems access for all people. Attendees will leave with increased awareness of race equity as a useful lens, awareness of some frameworks that can be used to consider race equity, information on some reasons why a community organization, like a food council, would plan to engage in a more full racial equity training together, and information on opportunities to access future training.

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