Michigan Local Food Council Network

The Michigan Local Food Council Network brings together food councils to build their individual and collective capacities to work on food and food policy issues, operate effectively, and engage their communities, through peer-to-peer learning.

The main roles of the Michigan Local Food Council Network are to:

  • Provide a space for local councils to network with one another
  • Connect local councils to statewide policy information, issues, and actions
  • Assist local councils in building capacity
  • Provide hands-on training to local food councils
  • Connect local policy information, issues, and actions to other parts of the state
  • Connect local councils to national policy information, issues, and actions

For the Michigan Local Food Council Network, a local food council is a group convening around a defined geographic area to assess and recommend practices or policies that affect one or more aspects of the food system. All Michigan local food councils, or those interested in starting a local food council, are invited to participate in the statewide network. 

CRFS sponsors the network, with coordination by Megan Masson-Minock at ENP & Associates and Liz Gensler at CRFS, with support from Michigan Association of Planning.

Background on the recent history of local food council collaboration and the impetus for creating this network can be found in Advancing a Local Food Council Network in Michigan: An Assessment, in the Resources section below.

Other resources local food councils may find useful include: