Action Teams expand the work and reach of the Forsyth Community Food Consortium by strategically convening people who want to contribute energy to specific aspects of long-term, community-driven food system development (for example, focusing on areas like health & wellness, food waste & recovery, farm labor advocacy, and so on).
Whereas FCFC as a whole focuses on broad food system coordination, each team orients around a particular focus and commits to researching best practices, recruiting membership, and strategizing action in that area in order to pursue positive community-driven change.
Participatory food systems have more community control over and involvement in food sourcing, food business, food policy, and how food system elements interact.
If all of those affected by the workings of a food system have more control over how they are affected, that gravitates toward promoting more sustainability, accessibility, justice and equity, health, and stronger local economies across communities.
Everything is connected. FCFC is structured as a cooperatively-run organization in that all of our members get to set our trajectories. As an Action Team member, you are also a member of FCFC. We have structured FCFC this way not just to give stakeholders more say in how their food policy council functions, but to better connect our local food movement with two other promising, overlapping movements: the cooperative economy and the solidarity economy movements. Through understanding that the more cooperative and solidarity-promoting an economy, the more communities (and their food systems) thrive. Read more about the cooperative economy movement here and the solidarity economy movement here.
JOIN AN ACTION TEAM
WELCOME to an adventure in local food system development! The mission of the Forsyth Community Food Consortium (FCFC) is to help fuel the growth of healthy communities and strong local economies through promoting local food, and it thrives on community participation. If you're interested in creating and leading an Action Team or joining an existing team, you're in the right place.
This form is for CREATING & LEADING or JOINING an existing FCFC Action Team. If you would rather join or nominate someone for the Advisory Council (FCFC's Board), click here.
The Forsyth Community Food Consortium is a community-run, independent organization (what's known as a "food policy council") with some staff support through a part-time Lead Coordinator. As a member of an Action Team, you will also be a full member of FCFC. FCFC membership is responsible for supporting staff in some administrative and development work, helping meet proposed yearly goals and objectives, and promoting the FCFC's work and outreach.
There are no membership fees. Please review MEMBER EXPECTATIONS below before submitting. If you have any questions, just email email@example.com.
1. Support FCFC's mission, purpose, goals, policies, and programs.
2. Participate actively.
3. Provide input and feedback on FCFC operations to FCFC to help it improve.
4. Attend activities and events sponsored by FCFC and be a representative of FCFC.
1. Prepare to participate in any meetings of the internal FCFC groups you're involved.
2. Ask timely and relevant questions at meetings.
3. Express personal conscience and convictions during meetings to arrive deliberatively at the best groups decisions.
4. Participate in voting procedures within FCFC.
Attendance and Participation.
1. Make every effort to attend the meetings of the groups in which you're involved.
2. Suggest meeting agenda items to ensure that the mission and goals are met.
3. Share information with the group on relevant policy news, events, and opportunities for FCFC participation in the community.
4. Provide up-to-date contact information for FCFC use.
Internal FCFC Groups.
• Advisory Council: Also known as the FCFC Board. Each Advisory Council member serves on a Council Subcommittee and some Council members serve as Action Team Liaisons supporting Team work.
• Council Subcommittees: These are committees within the Advisory Council addressing FCFC development.
• Action Teams: Community groups in the FCFC network focusing on various aspects of food system development, researching best practices, and proposing action strategies. Each Team Leader serves as a full Advisory Council member.
Thanks for you interest & energy! We're looking forward to having you on board!