The Franklin County Food Council (FC2) is driven by shared commitment to cultivating a positive future. With a focus on facilitating access to affordable, delicious food, the Council will function as a county-scaled hub through which food economy stakeholders can efficiently collaborate and engage. A successful Council will catalyze relationship development among the network of stakeholders. The general public will have means of demonstrating engagement and support.
- Franklin County farmers, food entrepreneurs, and consumers benefit from the Franklin County Food Council’s local food advocacy work.
- The Council effectively communicates and collaborates with existing food and farming organizations within the Pioneer Valley while avoiding the duplication of efforts.
- The Massachusetts Food Policy Council and the Franklin County Food Council exchange ideas and information that mutually reinforce work efficacy on the state and county levels.
- Access to abundant local food increases across sectors and within households in Franklin County.
In 2016, the Council voted to create a steering committee which would focus on an initiative called “Plus 10” which works to increase local food procurement by local institutions by 10%.
The Franklin County Food Council was formed to help facilitate evaluation of a three-year USDA/NIFA Community Food Project grant which was awarded to a collaboration between the FC-CDC, Just Roots, FC-REB and GCC in 2013. Over the course of its history, the Council has re-visioned itself as a hub for collaborative cooperation among food-sector stakeholders.
Member organizations/businesses elect one representative to attend quarterly meetings.
|Mount Grace Land Trust|
|MA In Motion/
Communities that Care
|New England Farmers Union|
|Greenfield Public Schools|
|Franklin Community Co-op|
|Stone Soup Café|
|Franklin County Sheriff’s Office|