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Food Policy Council

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The purpose of the Council is to improve dialogue and discussion and provide necessary advice on food and agriculture issues to the county, municipalities, community boards, local agencies, nongovernmental organizations, businesses, and other interested groups. The Council will address food system issues in the county, including the development of the Council’s Governing Principles and strategic goals, data-gathering, research projects, and policies to address food system issues.

Upcoming Event

Johnson County Food Policy Council presents 2021 Virtual Public Forum
Building a New Table: Food and Farm Stories

Saturday, April 24, 2021 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.
Register here to receive Zoom link
The registration link will take you to the Zoom registration website for this forum.

This year’s forum will feature stories from food business entrepreneurs and community leaders. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in small group topic discussions about food justice related issues and provide input on equitable solutions to injustices in the food system. Join us as we identify opportunities to increase the accessibility of starting and sustaining food businesses in the community as well as opportunities for creative partnerships and resource sharing.

If you require any specific accessibility measures to be taken in order for you to comfortably participate in this virtual event, please email [email protected]

 Meetings and application

Agendas and minutes
Board and commission application 
Resolution and guidelines


Summary of JCFPC successes
2019 JCFPC summary of UDO recommendations
2018 agritourism recommendations
2018 JCFPC recommendations for Comprehensive Plan 
2017 JCFPC Policy Recommendations
2016 JCFPC Policy Recommendations
2015 JCFPC Policy Recommendations
2014 JCFPC Policy Recommendations
2013 JCFPC Policy Recommendations

Public forum reports

2018 "Farm, Food, and Fun: Agritourism in Johnson County"

2016 "Alliances: Rediscovering our food system"

2015 "Past, Present, and Future: Local foods at the County Farm"

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Small Bullet 62019 Food Policy Council Forum: Farm Connection: Farmers the Community and You
Welcome from Supervisor Lisa Green-Douglass, Remembrance for Kurt Friese, Keynote: Building Connections in our Food System from Michelle Kenyon, Director of Field to Family. 

Small Bullet 6Hear farmer stories about their operations, products they market, and challenges and opportunities for the future:
Meet your Meats Panel, moderated by Kristy Walker, Food Policy Council Chair 
Farmer Panelists: Dennis and Lisa Hebl, David Irkl, and Nick and Jenny Koster, Turkey Foot Farm 

Small Bullet 6Specialty Crop Producer Panel, moderated by Morgan Weiss
Farmer Panelists: Carmen Black, Sundog Farm & Local Harvest CSA; Kyle Tester, Wilson’s Orchard; Collen Bringman, Bringman Family Farms; Katie Biesendorf, Farm Worker at Muddy Miss Farms and Dirty Face Creek Farm 

Ilsa DeWald, Local Foods Coordinator

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 319-688-5840

Address: Johnson County Administration Building
Board of Supervisors Office
913 S. Dubuque Street
Iowa City, IA 52240