Food and Farm Council

The Council will be a community member group to hold discussions, help improve coordination of services that impact our local food system and provide a voice from the community to our elected city and county officials. The food and farm council will use existing and new survey data, plus listening session and interview data to determine what the community is saying, what are the priority needs, and work on solution sets to make a stronger food system for our city/county. That can include working on food issues such as affordability of locally grown fruits/vegetables, easier access to healthy foods, food insecurity issues, including a systematic food recovery program, recycling, gardening, and more!!

  1. Mission Statement
  2. Goals
  3. Council Members

The purpose of the Council is to advocate for and sustain an accessible, healthy and local food system. The Food and Farm Council of Riley County and the City of Manhattan, Kansas envisions a local food system that supports healthy living in our community. To accomplish this the Council must:

  • Identify and prioritize needs and make recommendations that promote, support, and strengthen access to local, healthy, safe, affordable food.
  • Educate and advise the City/County Commissions on local food system needs.
  • Provide a forum for people involved in different parts of the local food system and local government officials for fostering collaborative, coordinated actions to improve our local food system.

IF the Food and Farm Council may be more than you have time to commit to, you can still get involved and make a difference in our local food system! Join the Flint Hills Wellness Coalition Nutrition Workgroup!! There are opportunities to be involved at the leadership team level or follow your passion, use your expertise and get involved in sub-committee work with specific food system issues like food insecurity, food waste and many others! See contact information below or read more at


Julie Hettinger, Health Educator
Riley County Health Department
785-776-4779 Ext. 7612