The Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council connects Philadelphians and our local government to create a more just food system—where all people have the power to access, own and control our food, land and labor.
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Next FPAC General Meeting – CLOSED to members
Date: Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Growing from the Root – Public Meeting 2 is closed for comments; website remains live!
With this virtual meeting, translated in English and Spanish, we asked residents to comment on different policy areas that impact the viability of urban farming in Philadelphia. The official window for public comment closed on June 1, 2021, but the Public Meeting #2 website remains live! There are 10 ‘stations’ or opportunities for learning. Each station focuses on a key topic identified by growers at the start of the engagement process. The virtual format offered residents the opportunity to learn about various aspects of farming in Philadelphia before asking for their input. Topics included:
- Access to land
- Resources for community gardens
- Animal keeping
- Farming careers and business development
- Education and inter-generational learning
- Cultural practices in growing and gathering
- Food systems and policy
Residents can spend between 15 and 30 minutes engaging with each ‘station’. The virtual meeting website remained open for eight weeks to engage with residents and growers across the City. The call and response format we’ve built into this interactive website will ensure our urban farming policy is rooted in the knowledge and needs of local growers.
FPAC Releases Guide to Fair Labor for Good Food Businesses
The Workforce & Economic Development subcommittee is pleased to announce the publication of the Guide to Fair Labor for Good Food Businesses, a manual the subcommittee created to help employers contribute to building a stronger regional economy and a just food system. The guide contains information about free and low-cost resources that support fair wages and scheduling, improved health and safety, better employee benefits, fostering an open workplace culture, and selecting fair suppliers and subcontractors. We see these measures as a first step toward changing the culture of the food industry and helping more Philadelphians realize their career potential in the food sector. Check it out here!
Hosting an event? The 2018 Good Food Caterer Guide has got you covered!
In August, the Good Food Procurement subcommittee released the 2018 Good Food Caterer Guide. 16 more caterers were added to the list! See if your favorite caterer made the cut.
Whether its for a working lunch or community event, use the guide to find some ‘good food’ for your guests! Want to help promote the guide? Share the printable booklet with your friends and officemates.
The Good Food Procurement Subcommittee developed the guide to help consumers find businesses offering food that meets at least two of the four ‘good food’ values: healthy, fair, sustainably-sourced, and locally-owned.
Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about adding businesses to this list.