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!

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Module Titles

  1. What is a food council and what does it do?
  2. Extension’s role with food councils
  3. Skills for meeting facilitation and leadership development
  4. Understanding community food systems
  5. Holding the first meeting
  6. Establishing a communications framework
  7. Conducting a community food assessment
  8. Developing a mission and vision for your council
  9. Food policy and planning
  10. Organization and legal structures
  11. Events planning and management
  12. Funding your council
  13. Evaluation and reporting
  14. Creating a sustainable food council
  15. 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.

Module 1: Starting a Food Council: Anne Palmer, Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future