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The Douglas County Food Policy Council, established by the County Commission in 2010, seeks to identify the benefits, challenges, and opportunities for a successful, sustainable local food system in Douglas County.

The Douglas County Food Policy Council meets every third Monday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at various locations throughout our Douglas County food system. All meetings are open to the public. 

We're excited to introduce Culinary Commons, the community incubator kitchen located at the Douglas County Fairgrounds! This great community resource can help you launch your food business and connect to helpful resources. Check out the new website at for more information! 

Interested in Urban Agriculture? The Food Policy Council has distribted a community survey and hosted a public meeting to gather public feedback about potential policy changes. Thank you to all who participated! The Planning Department presented a draft of their recommended changes to the Planning Commission on Monday, October 19th. On Monday, December 14, the Planning Commission reviewed an updated text amendment and offered feedback. The Planning Commission unanimoulsy passed the drafted text amendment on Febuary 22. It will be voted on by the City Commission in March or April. Questions can be directed to Mary Miller, City of Lawrence Planner, at