Events and Projects

Featured Projects

“Real Good Food” Language: The BFPC reached consensus on language to define the meaning of healthy food.

Macro-level Statements: The BFPC is working towards developing overarching statements that can be applied to formulating policies or adopted by sister food policy councils.

Gill Tract Community Farm: The Gill Tract is University-owned land that for years was used solely for research projects. After much organizing, now portions of the land are shared with the community for food production.

SFROW bioremediation garden: An arsenic remediation project has been established on the Santa Fe Right-of-Way in an attempt to make the space safe for future use a community food production zone.

Berkeley Climate Action Coalition: The Land Use Working Group of the BFPC has connected with the Land Use Working Group of the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition to pursue common goals of more urban space for urban agriculture and community gardens.

Past Successes

Farm Fresh Choice: A successful project that established produce stands offering fresh fruits and vegetables at wholesale prices in lower-income neighborhoods and at after-school programs. This program is hosted by the Ecology Center and has been operating since 2000.

EBT at Farmers’ Markets: Allows use of WIC and SNAP benefits (food assistance programs) to be used at farmers’ markets. Spearheaded by Penny Leff, formerly of the Ecology Center. Many regional and nationwide Farmers’ Markets now allow EBT.

Spiral Gardens: BFPC helped Daniel Miller start Spiral Gardens Community Food Security Project on sections of a historic railroad right-of-way. This project has increased green space in southwest Berkeley and consistently provided elders and neighbors with fresh produce and the means to grow it themselves.

Transformation of school lunch program: BFPC wrote and passed two pioneering food and nutrition policies, which permanently changed the way children in the school district were nourished. Child Nutrition Advisory Committee and BUSD nutrition services reformed school lunches from processed and frozen foods to freshly-prepared, organically grown local meals.

Passage of food policy for BUSD, 1999
Passage of food policy of the city of Berkeley, 2001

School Gardening and Cooking Programs: BFPC helped Yolanda Huang and other BFPC members obtain federal funds to form teaching gardens and nutrition education in every school in Berkeley, CA. This program still endures and is restructuring its funding to become self-sustaining.

Youth Empowerment: BFPC has helped to develop food-related youth leadership programs in Berkeley such as Berkeley Youth Alternatives and The Ecology Center’s Farm Fresh Choice, which are staffed by youth and provide services directly to youth.

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