Frederick County Food Council

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In 2015 we started to learn and document challenges, barriers to and opportunities for development of a local food economy.
Read research interviews and questionnaire responses here.

Our Mission

We promote efforts that support our local agricultural economy, equitable food distribution networks and education about local food and food system change.

The Council is working to ensure that Frederick County’s vibrant agricultural community is a regional model that supports farmers, creates market demand and equitable distribution of fresh, locally grown food that improves the health and resilience of our communities. 

Building a Food System is a Collective Effort

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Livable Frederick

Community FARE took an active part in creating a vision for food systems resiliency in Frederick County for Livable Frederick. The Frederick County Food Council was a first step towards implementing that vision.

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Maryland Food Systems

Resiliency Council

The MD FSRC was established in 2021 to address food insecurity issues across the state by addressing local food production, distribution, equity, access, public health impacts, data tracking and funding needs. The Frederick County Food Council is an active member.

Read the November 2021 Interim Report

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Climate Emergency Mobilization Working Group

Honoring local long-standing traditions as an agricultural area reduces County and City dependency on a centralized food system that is at risk of disruption due to the impacts of

climate change.

Read the Climate Emergency Report, pgs 65-87

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Agricultural Preservation

Frederick County has thousands of acres of farmland, University of Maryland Extension educators, and a successful agricultural preservation program. Our county has the potential to be a strong partner in regional food production.