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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 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at various locations throughout our Douglas County food system. All meetings are open to the public. 

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. The agenda and the proposal are available here: Written comments can still be submitted to Mary Miller, City of Lawrence Planner, at For more information on how you can engage with the Food Policy Council in this process, contact Helen Schnoes, Food Systems Coordinator, at


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