Policy Priority Working Groups

 

Our Policy Priority Working Groups, which continue the important work of the Environmental Impact, Food Economy, and Food Education Working Groups in past years, connect community partners in virtual learning opportunities and in-person site visits to advance our understanding of issues and pursuit of policy change. Topics evolve over time to align with our current organizational Policy Priorities. All meetings are open to the public; pre-registration is required. Each working group meets monthly, alternating virtual meetings featuring panel presentations, subject matter expert speakers, and facilitated discussion with visits to sites across the region showcasing real-life examples of the focus policy issue in action. 

Equitable & Affordable Land Access for Food Production:

  • Launch: Tuesday, March 7th, 2023 from 9:30-11am via Zoom. Register here!
  • Virtual Meetings: the first Tuesday of the month: April 11 (shifted due to MCPS Spring Break), June 6, August 1, October 3, December 5, 2023. Register here!
  • Site Visits: the first week of the month (varied days and times) in May, July, September, and November. Location and Google Form registration details will be posted throughout the year on our Events page.

Increased Local Food Procurement:

  • Launch: Thursday, February 16th, 2023 from 10-11:30am via Zoom. Register for the Launch here!
  • Virtual Meetings: the third Thursday of the month: March 16, May 18, July 20, September 21, November 16, 2023. Register here!
  • Site Visits: the third week of the month (varied days and times) in April, June, August, October, and December. Location and Google Form registration details will be posted throughout the year on our Events page.

Upcoming Events

Jan 24

Food System Advocacy Community Call

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Jan 27

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Training

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Training

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feb 2-april 6

Beginning Farmer Training Course

10-week course, meeting every Thursday evening from 7:00pm-8:30pm from February 2 through April 6, 2023.

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Feb 2

Sustainability Collaborative Launch Meeting

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Feb 3

Montgomery County Grants Nonprofit Feedback Session

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Feb 13

Food Security Community Call

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Feb 16

Increased Local Food Procurement Policy Priority Working Group Launch

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Feb 23

6th ANNUAL MoCo Food Producer Forum, Thurs, Feb 23, 9:30-12:30 at Ag History Farm Park (with lunch!)

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Mar 7

Equitable & Affordable Land Access for Food Production Policy Priority Working Group Launch

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