Fairfax Food Council
The Fairfax Food Council (FFC) is a coalition of citizens that
advocate and promote food system and policy changes benefiting
Fairfax communities, especially underserved communities. The FFC was
established by the Partnership
for a Healthier Fairfax in 2015 and is composed of three
working groups: food access, urban agriculture (formerly community
gardens) and food literacy.
Vision: A vibrant food
system where healthy, accessible and affordable food is valued as a
basic human right.
Mission: To facilitate community partnerships and efforts to promote healthy eating.
Work Group and Steering Committee meetings are open to the public. All meetings take place at the Fairfax County Health Department, Kelly Square, 3rd floor, 10777 Main Street, Fairfax, Va. (unless otherwise noted). Please email email@example.com to RSVP for an upcoming meeting or for more information.
The Fairfax Food Council's Spring Summit: Food Access and the Farm Bill
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
2 - 4 p.m.
Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center
3740 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax, VA 22030
Are you interested in how the Farm Bill and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) policies affect food access in Fairfax County? Did you know that "Overall, nutrition spending makes up 80% of the total budget for the Farm Bill." As described by Snap to Health, "Nutrition in the United States is thus very much determined by the provisions, policies and funding allocations in the U.S. Farm Bill." Join us as we welcome food policy expert Kate Fitzgerald as she helps us understand this bill and the implications for our community. Learn more about the Fairfax Food Council's efforts to improve food access and healthy eating in our community. There will be opportunities for small group discussion related to the Farm Bill and FFC work group activities. Seating is limited. Please register by May 19.
Register at https://ffc2017springsummit.eventbrite.com.
Join the Fairfax Food Council on Facebook.
Food Access Working Group
The Food Access Working Group works collaboratively to develop innovative initiatives to increase the number of healthy food access points in the Fairfax community in the areas of highest need.
- Increase access to fresh produce at farmers markets in low income communities by increasing the use of nutrition benefits at farmers markets through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) education, outreach and incentive program promotion.
- Expand SNAP/Women, Infants and Children (WIC) acceptance at retail stores, particularly international markets in communities of need.
Meets the last Wednesday of each month.
- April 26, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- May 31, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- June 28, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- July 26, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Urban Agriculture Working Group (formerly known as Community Gardens Working Group)
The Urban Agriculture Working Group focuses on expanding gardens at schools, churches and other community settings and increasing access to fresh produce through pantry donations from gardens.
Do You Need Some Gardening Tools?
The Fairfax Food Council recently created a Tool Library available to anyone planning to grow edible plants. Located in the garden shed behind Daniels Run Peace Church (3729 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax, VA 22030) in Fairfax City are a wide assortment of shovels, hoes, rakes, pruners, a posthole digger, a wheel barrow and a small rototiller that are available to borrow free of charge. To make a tool reservation, please complete the free tool rental form.
- Support and promote new community gardens and improvement of existing gardens.
- Act as a resource to create connections between gardeners and pantries in an effort to increase access and use of fresh, healthy, locally grown fruit, vegetables and herbs by clients.
Meets every second Monday of each month.
- April 10, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
- May 8, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
- June 12, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
- July 10, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Garden Workshop Series
In cooperation with Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE), the Fairfax Food Council is sponsoring a Garden Workshop Series throughout 2017. Dates include March 28, May 23, July 25, August 29 and September 26. Please check back for details and registration information.
Designing and Implementing School Gardens
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Centerville Elementary School
14330 Green Trails Blvd., Centerville, VA 20121
In this session, we will discuss garden design possibilities, available teaching tools and curriculum models, strategies on ways to include the garden in classroom activities, and the unique challenges of school gardens including summer maintenance. We also will tour Centerville Elementary School's gardens and see their weekly farmer's market in action. Hear from Adria Bordas about ways to have productive harvests while the students are at school in the spring and the fall.
Register at https://ffc_garden_ws3.eventbrite.com.
- Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Programs
- Fairfax County Master Gardeners
- Renting a Fairfax County Park Authority Garden Plot
- U.S. Department of Agriculture People’s Garden
- American Community Garden Association
- Food Providers Accepting Fresh Produce
Food Literacy Working Group
The Food Literacy Working Group facilitates collaborative initiatives to develop food literacy and nutrition education programming that is available and delivered through a variety of avenues, including FFC gardening and farmers market programming.
- Encourage emergency food assistance sites to provide healthful eating and meal preparation educational resources to help youth and parents of young children make nutritious choices.
- Develop culturally sensitive and age appropriate nutrition education programs with local schools and community partners in targeted areas.
Meets every third Tuesday of each month.
- April 18, 12 - 2 p.m.
- May 16, 12 - 2 p.m.
- June 20, 12 - 2 p.m.
- July 18, 12 - 2 p.m.
- Tips for Making a Healthy Food Donation
- Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Food Volunteer Trainings
- Healthy Eating and Faith Communities
- Healthy Eating on a Budget
- Recipes, Cookbooks and Menus
- SuperTracker: Plan, Analyze and Track Your Diet and Physical Activity
- MyPlate Kids' Place: Games, Activity Sheets,Videos, Songs and More