Purdue Extension and Michigan State University Extension
This free, online course is open to anyone working as part of a food council. Whether you are supporting the development, or need more specific information about a process, you can create a login on the MSU page, and take as many of the 15 learning modules as you need. If you complete all the modules, and pass the quizzes, you will receive a Certificate of Completion for your professional plan of work. New to online learning? Assistance is available, and the D2L site is very user friendly!
- What is a food council and what does it do?
- Extension’s role with food councils
- Skills for meeting facilitation and leadership development
- Understanding community food systems
- Holding the first meeting
- Establishing a communications framework
- Conducting a community food assessment
- Developing a mission and vision for your council
- Food policy and planning
- Organization and legal structures
- Events planning and management
- Funding your council
- Evaluation and reporting
- Creating a sustainable food council
- Creating a regional or statewide food council network
Each module has a combination of videos, downloadable materials and readings. Course participants will learn from 23 different Extension professionals from 11 states through recorded video content. The estimated time to complete all 15 modules is about 25 hours, but you can complete as much or as little as you need to help you participate and support food councils.