Food systems are a hot topic…your neighbor talks about planting a community garden in the
empty lot across the street, your parent association is organizing to advocate for access
to nutritious food in area schools, or maybe you turn on the news to hear organizations
encouraging constituents to “buy local.” These conversations on eating healthfully, locally,
and sustainably are happening everyday and they continue to deepen on local and national levels.
A commitment to that discussion is happening right here in Dane county. Since 2005, your Dane
County Food Council (DCFC) has been dedicated to organizing thought and action on making our
food system sustainable for all. We hope you spend some time exploring this site, join
discussions, and visit often!
DCFC is a dynamic citizen committee of the Dane county board that explores issues and develops
recommendations to create an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable local
food system for the Dane county region. The council has recently been highlighted by the
National Association of Counties as a model for other county governments.
Structure and Members for Dane County Food Council
The Dane County Food Council consists of 3 County Board Supervisors appointed
by the County Executive, 3 citizen members appointed by the Environment,
Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee Chair and 3 citizen members
appointed by the Extension Committee Chair. Appointments are for three year
terms and are staggered. New appointments are usually made in April or May of
each year. Click here
for a list of current members.
Interested in Serving on the Council?
If you are interested in serving on the Dane County Food Council and would
like to be considered for appointment, please complete the online application
The Dane County Food Council recently completed and approved an
which identifies the goals, objectives, actions and timeline for the Council. Please
review the document and let us know your thoughts.