Who we are & what we do...

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!


The Dane County Food Council is a dynamic committee 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 been highlighted by the National Association of Counties as a model for other county governments. Learn more.

Structure and Members for Dane County Food Council

The Dane County Food Council consists of 2 County Board Supervisors and 7 community members. Community members represent various aspects of the food system including food security, nutrition, urban agriculture, food production, processing, distribution, retail and waste. The Council typically meets monthly and work teams focus on issues and bring recommendations to the full Council.

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 online application.

Action Plan

The Dane County Food Council recently completed and approved an Action Plan which identifies the goals, objectives, actions and timeline for the Council. Please review the document and let us know your thoughts.

Need a letter of support for your project?

The DCFC may write letters of support for projects and programs that support our goals. To request a copy of the Letter of Support Guidelines contact DCFC staff.