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Who We Are

The Douglas County Food Policy Council was established by the County Commission in 2010, and formed as a joint City-County advisory body with the City of Lawrence in 2013.


The Food Policy Council (FPC) seeks to identify the benefits, challenges and opportunities for a successful, sustainable local food system in Douglas County, Kansas.


Read our bylaws to learn more about our purpose and structure. 


The FPC serves as a forum for discussion and coordination for community-wide efforts to improve the Douglas County community's access to local food supply and distribution networks. Therefore, the FPC focuses on the following priority areas:

  • Economic development and entrepreneurial opportunities related to local food production and consumption
  • Improved health outcomes
  • Positive environmental quality impacts
  • Increased access to, and distribution of wholesome, local food
  • Support for local producers of sustainable food products
  • Identification, preservation, and/or sustainable development of local resources including soil, agricultural land, important breeds/cultivars, water, skilled labor, capital, and markets
  • Increased education and awareness on the part of Douglas County residents regarding the benefits of locally produced foods.


County Commission Appointees: City Commission Appointees:
Jill Elmers Agricultural Producer (Moon on the Meadow Farm)
Lee Broyles At-Large (Broyles Beef)
Joshua Falleaf At-Large (Haskell Indian Nations University)
Ashley Jones-Wisner At-Large (KC Healthy Kids)
William Vesecky Agricultural Producer (Vesecky Family Farms)
Scott Thellman Agricultural Producer (Douglas County Farm Bureau)
T.K. Peterson Retail Food Outlet (Merchants Restaurant)
Brent Smith Institutional Food Purchaser (Lawrence Memorial Hospital)
Kim Criner Education (University of Kansas, Center for Sustainability)
Marlin Bates, Chair Extension Service (Douglas County Extension)
Christine Ebert NGO-Health/Nutrition/MD (KU Food Service)
Jennifer KongsNGO-Local Food Systems/Sustainable Ag (Kansas Rural Center)
Connie Fitzpatrick Youth Representative
Pattie Johnston Senior Food & Nutrition Programs (Douglas County Senior Services)

Aundrea Shafer, Food Security (Just Food)
Elizabeth Burger At-Large (Sunflower Foundation)
Michael Showalter At-Large (Lawrence Douglas County Health Department
Inti Hurt Retail Food Outlet (The Merc Community Market & Deli)
Jan Hornberger Retail Food Outlet 
Michael Steinle City of Lawrence Sustainability Advisory Board (Sustainability)
Larry McElwain Business Community (Lawrence Chamber of Commerce)

John Pendleton, Agricultural Producer (Pendleton's Country Market) 

Jen Humphrey, Vice Chair Established Farmer’s Market in Douglas County (Downtown Lawrence Farmers Market)