What is a food system plan?

A food systems plan is a long-range planning document that lays out a community’s vision for its growth. Planning brings structure and strategy to local food systems growth, and helps align policies, such as ordinances, zoning, and incentives to support the local food system.

Advisory Committee

Emily Reno – Creating Community Consulting, Council Coordinator  emily@mezclada.co

Kate Mudge- West Central Initative Foundation, Food Policy Council Chair Kate@wcif.org 

Patrick Hollister – Active Living Planner, PartnerSHIP 4 Health, Secretary patrick.hollister@claycountymn.gov 

Jason Bergstrand – Manager, PartnerSHIP 4 Health, Treasurer jason.bergstrand@claycountymn.gov

Luke Preussler – Community Health Integration CHI Health luke.preussler@commonspirit.org 



Urban Agriculture Committee

Scott Roser, Chairperson sroser86@gmail.com

Meets 3rd Wednesday of the month @ 3:30pm

Food Security Committee

Anna Johnson, Chairperson annaj@caplp.org

Meets 3rd Thursday of the Month at 3pm

Marketing Local Foods Committee

Lyubov Slashcheva, Chairperon slashld3@gmail.com

Meets 1st Monday of the month at 3:30pm

West Central MN Regional Food Council

The West Central Minnesota Food Policy Council (FPC) is a diverse and inclusive group of individuals and organizations interested in improving food policy in Clay, Becker, Otter Tail, and Wilkin Counties.  The FPC works to identify policy and program opportunities to expand small-scale farming and improve access to more fresh and nutritious food for all West Central Minnesota residents.  The FPC also works to empower residents to live more sustainably.  The FPC is guided in its work by the West Central Minnesota Regional Food System Plan published in September 2023.

View a PDF of the regional food plan with appendices here

Para ver el plan regional de alimentos completo en español, haz click aquí

Click here to learn more about our mission and purpose of the Regional Food Council which includes information on meeting structure, membership and expectations.


Questions? Contact Jason Bergstrand at jason.bergstrand@claycountymn.gov