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Jamie Oliver's TED Prize wish: Teach every child about food

posted Dec 31, 2011 6:21 AM by Doria Robinson   [ updated Dec 31, 2011 6:23 AM ]

This is a really great video!

Every food justice advocate should watch: http://www.ted.com/talks/jamie_oliver.html

An inspiring 2nd meeting of the Richmond Food Policy Council!

posted Dec 6, 2011 12:35 AM by Doria Robinson   [ updated Dec 6, 2011 12:40 AM ]

Thank you so much for an exciting and inspiring 2nd meeting of Richmond's Food Policy Council!

With over 30 participants, including representatives from the Oakland and Berkeley Food Policy Councils as well as the California Food Justice Coalition it turned out to be a very inspiring and informative evening. I really want to send out a special thanks to Esperanza, Dan, Marissa, Christina and Armando for coming all the way out to Richmond to share their experiences and passion in order to help us form our Council. Richmond folks can be both head and heart strong but I believe we also know the importance of collaboration and building power for change together. In this spirit I think it is safe to say you all have our deepest gratitude.

We definitely have a good amount of work to do together; work that will make us stronger and more capable of manifesting the healthy, just and sustainable food system Richmond so sorely needs.

Meeting Minutes & Next Meeting Information:
Please allow our coordinating team until next Wednesday to post and send out meeting minutes and the next doodle poll to establish a regular meeting date and time.

Help Set the Agenda for Our Next FPC Meeting:
In our 3rd meeting we would like to begin wading into the mechanics of the how and why of our Food Policy Council using the brainstorming notes we created in this 2nd meeting. If you would like to help shape the agenda for our 3rd meeting please contact Doria Robinson, doria@urbantilth.org, 510-778-5886 at your earliest convenience.

In the meantime please feel free to check out our Richmond Food Policy Council Website: https://sites.google.com/site/richmondfoodpolicycouncil/

This site was created by Urban Tilth staff using free software as a tool to share information.

The site currently contains the following web pages:

- The "Resources" page has pdfs of many of the reports that have been mentioned in our 1st two meetings.
- The "Meeting Agendas & Minutes" page has all past meeting minutes & agendas
- There is a "Forum" page where you can start or participate in topical discussions
- There is a "News" page where we can post any pertinent news articles
- The "Announcements" page is where we can post any pertinent food related announcements
The "Calendar' page can be used to post food related events. Please feel free to send any calendar items to sherman@urbantilth.org - he will be happy to post your event details

PLEASE NOTE: Over the next week this site will be moved from the google sites host to: www.richmondfoodpolicycouncil.org by December 9th please look for our site at this new home URL.

Have a sweet and restful evening.

All the best,

Richmond's 1st Food Policy Council

posted Oct 24, 2009 12:09 PM by Doria Robinson   [ updated Nov 18, 2011 3:28 PM ]

On Tuesday November 8th, 2011 at 6:00 pm Richmond's first Food Policy Council met in the Richmond City Manager's conference room on the 3rd floor of City Hall.

Twenty-two people interested in improving Richmond's Food System came together to begin to form our 1st Food Policy Council. In order to understand the scope of Richmond's food crisis, we began the meeting with introductions, including each participant's top food-related issue facing Richmond.

After creating a hefty list of food issues, we formed breakout groups where each group explored one part of Richmond's Food System: 1) production 2) distribution / raw foods) 3) distribution / prepared foods 4) alternative distribution and emergency food access points. The objective was to list from our collective experience all of the ways Richmond residents could access food, creating a draft base map of Richmond's Food System as it exists today. Hopefully over the next few months this map will develop into well researched tool that incorporates existing data collection efforts and can be used to inform policy initiatives that come out of the Council.

Help us create a thriving Food System in Richmond!

Join us for our next Food Policy Council meeting:

Monday, December 5th, 2011 @ 6pm
Location TBA

We will kick off our next meeting by gathering together as much information as possible about existing food and food system related data collection projects focusing on Richmond, CA. There are so many groups who have already begun the work we are setting ourselves up to complete. Neighborhood House, H.E.A.L. and Richmond High food desert mapping projects of 23rd Street, DeAnza High school lunch nutrition assessment projects and the City's Urban Agriculture Assessment and Grocery Gap report are just a few examples (see Resources page for copies of these documents). What other data collection projects should we all know about as we move forward to form this Council?

Following this group brainstorm, the Council will host a panel of representatives from the Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco Food Policy Councils. Together we will discuss how each Council is organized and have a significant Q & A period. 

There is so much to improve with our Food System here in Richmond. Let's get together and do the work that needs to be done.

Looking forward to breaking bread with you.
Doria Robinson

All meeting agendas and minutes are posted here on the site in the sidebar. For more information please contact Doria Robinson, 510-778-5886. doria@urbantilth.org.

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