In 2006, public health officials, local growers, educators, and other community members first met to discuss forming a local food policy council. These visionaries sought to bring together diverse members across Grant County to address gaps in infrastructure, planning, and policy in order to develop local food systems. They defined our local food system to include all aspects of food production, processing, distribution, marketing, vending, consumption, and waste. Water, labor, and resource conservation and management were also considered.
It wasn’t until 2009, when Grant County received a prestigious grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation known as “Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities” (HKHC), that the idea to form a local food policy council emerged once again. With the resources from Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities and partnership with Farm to Table, Grant County received the technical expertise to approach the County Commission with their vision. Farm to Table, HKHC partners, and community members met several times in summer 2010 to draft a County resolution formally establishing the Grant County Food Policy Council. Commissioners Sedillo, Gonzalez, and Miller unanimously supported the resolution, and the Food Policy Council became official on August 26, 2010. The Commissioners appointed 13 inaugural members in December 2010, and the Council began regular meetings in January 2011.
Read the Food Policy Council resolution.