Institute for Environmental Negotiation

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Founding of the Virginia Food System Council

(2007-2012)

The Institute for Environmental Negotiation (IEN), working in partnership with the Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension, convened and facilitated the first meeting of the Virginia Food System Council in the spring of 2009. The goal of this meeting, based on the efforts of the Food System Working Group that had formed in November 2007, was to found the Virginia Food System Council as a more permanent entity with the mission of developing, promoting, coordinating, and implementing a “complete, robust, viable food system that ensures all Virginians have regular access to fresh, safe, healthy, nutritious, seasonal and sustainably-produced food to maintain a healthy lifestyle, enhance the economic viability and long-term success of Virginia farmers, and expand market opportunities for good local food.”

Following the foundation of the Virginia Food Systems Council, the IEN supported the Council in a variety of ways by providing facilitation, coordination and research support as needed.

The Institute for Environmental Negotiation (IEN), working in partnership with the Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension, convened and facilitated the first meeting of the Virginia Food System Council in the spring of 2009. The goal of this meeting, based on the efforts of the Food System Working Group that had formed in November 2007, was to found the Virginia Food System Council as a more permanent entity with the mission of developing, promoting, coordinating, and implementing a “complete, robust, viable food system that ensures all Virginians have regular access to fresh, safe, healthy, nutritious, seasonal and sustainably-produced food to maintain a healthy lifestyle, enhance the economic viability and long-term success of Virginia farmers, and expand market opportunities for good local food.”

Following the foundation of the Virginia Food Systems Council, the IEN supported the Council in a variety of ways by providing facilitation, coordination and research support as needed.