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Athens Food Policy Council (AFPC)


Athens Food Policy Council (AFPC)

The Athens Food Policy Council formed in 2009 to develop a comprehensive strategy to promote healthy, equitable, and sustainable food systems in our region.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/112354599864/?fref=ts
Location: Southeast Ohio
Members: 28
Latest Activity: Jan 4, 2013

AFPC Overview

The Athens Food Policy Council grew out of the March 2009 Athens Town Hall Meeting and a grant from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Center for Farmland Preservation and Innovation, The Athens Mayor's Office, and the Athens County Commissioners.

Council members include community residents, organization leaders, University professors and researchers, local businesspersons, and government officials who are committed to developing a progressive and innovative set of policies around land use that fosters the intersection where food production, food security, and economic development meet.

Council Structure:
Council members are asked to-
1. make a one-year commitment to AFPC (with the option to renew for subsequent years).
2. lead or participate in a council working group

AFPC will meet every 2 months to discuss project updates and use this online forum for info sharing and discussion. NEXT MEETING will be December 11.


Final Report-Food Policy Council's first year

Started by Michelle Ajamian, Brandon Jaeger Jul 23, 2012.

February 2010 meeting notes

Started by Michelle Ajamian, Brandon Jaeger Feb 17, 2010.

City Chicks

Started by Michelle Ajamian, Brandon Jaeger Feb 17, 2010.

Comment Wall


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Comment by Leslie S on May 10, 2012 at 11:15am

Recent wealth creation and value chain presentations. All feedback is welcome. The%20wealth%20creation%20approach.pdf

Comment by Leslie S on May 3, 2012 at 6:31am

Here is policy 1 page I prepared for state gathering April 2012.Policy%20Recommendations.pdf

Comment by Michelle Ajamian, Brandon Jaeger on April 26, 2012 at 10:04am


Here at last is the policy brief on the Athens Food Policy Council that was written after our first year, when I was coordinator. Wow. We've come a long way!

I will be coordinating the council again until we settle on a new coordinator. Congrats to Mary Nally, who has done a stellar job of facilitating the Council for the last year plus as she takes over as Executive Director of Community Food Initiatives. If only we could clone her!

Comment by Sarah Conley on January 14, 2010 at 10:36am
Here's the 2010 Workplan drafted by Leslie Schaller after our last meeting.
Comment by Sarah Conley on November 16, 2009 at 9:00am
Quick update on MEETING DATES set at the last AFPC meeting:
Tuesday, Nov. 17th: West Side Co-Op working group meets at 6:30pm at Village Bakery and Cafe
Thursday, Dec 3rd: AFPC meeting to discuss Workplan 2010; 6:30pm at the ACEnet conference room in the food ventures center
Comment by Michelle Ajamian on September 12, 2009 at 7:11pm
here's that song. the link button isn't working...
Comment by Michelle Ajamian on September 12, 2009 at 7:10pm

Here's a great song for our efforts to support urban agriculture in Athens city, where garden friendly code will be read at this week's meeting on Monday night...
Comment by Sarah Conley on September 11, 2009 at 10:15am
Filmmakers David Pearl and Tom Kondilas will present their documentary film PolyCultures at OU's Bentley Hall rm. 140 on Friday, September 18th.

Come to chat and nibble local food at 6:00. Movie starts at 7:00. Panel discussion with the filmmakers and local food producers following the showing.

Click here for PolyCultures trailer & more

Planning is still underway. We will confirm more details as they are finalized.
Comment by Sarah Conley on September 11, 2009 at 10:13am
As food safety concerns continue to be topics of discussion among growers and policy makers, I thought I would pass along this following information. There will be a hearing in Columbus on Oct. 6, 2009. Details are below.

USDA Sets Hearing for Proposed National Marketing Agreement for Leafy Green Vegetables
AMS No. 161-09

Jimmie Turner (202) 720-8998
Billy Cox (202) 720-8998

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2009 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the dates and locations of seven hearings related to a proposed national marketing agreement for leafy green vegetables. The hearings will be held September and October 2009.

A cross-section of producers and handlers from the fresh-produce industry proposed the establishment of a marketing agreement to facilitate the practical application of Good Agricultural Practices, Good Handling Practices, and Good Manufacturing Practices guidelines published by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

If established, only handlers who sign on to the marketing agreement would be subject to the requirements of the accord. Signatory handlers could only handle leafy green vegetables (domestic or imported) that meet the requirements of the program.

The hearings provide the public an opportunity to learn more about the proposed agreement and to offer comments in support of or opposition to the agreement. The hearings will be held at the following locations from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (local time) or as determined by the presiding administrative law judge:

Sept. 22-24, at the Hyatt Regency Monterey, 1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey, Calif.

Sept. 30 to Oct. 1, at the Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk, 1515 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, Fla.

Oct. 6, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Room D130, 400 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio.

Oct. 8, at the Denver Airport Marriott at Gateway Park, 16455 East 40th Circle, Aurora, Colo.

Oct. 14-15, at the Yuma Civic Center, Yuma Room, 1440 Desert Hills Drive, Yuma, Ariz.

Oct. 20, at the Renaissance Syracuse Hotel, 701 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, N.Y.

Oct. 22, at the Charlotte Marriot Executive Park, 5700 Westpark Drive, Charlotte, N.C.

The proposal and the hearing notice will be published in the Sept. 3, 2009, Federal Register. A copy of the proposal is also available on the home page of the Agricultural Marketing Service’s Web site.

Copies may be obtained from Antoinette Carter, Marketing Order Administration Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Stop 0237, Washington, DC 20250-0237, phone: (202)720-2491, or fax: (202)720-8938; or Melissa Schmaedick, Marketing Order Administration Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, Northwest Marketing Field Office, AMS, USDA, 1220 SW Third Avenue, Room 385, Portland, OR 97204; phone: (503)326-2724, or fax: (503)326-7440.

An electronic version of this news release can be obtained via the Internet at http://www.ams.usda.gov/news/newsrel.html.
Comment by Michelle Ajamian, Brandon Jaeger on September 11, 2009 at 9:58am
Yes, we missed you Sarah. Courtney took notes so once I review them, they will be up. She's gone this weekend, but look for them next week.

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