Local Food Advisory Council


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Napa Local Food Advisory Council

The Napa County Local Food Advisory Council (“the Advisory Council”) advises the Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights regarding development and facilitation of a sustainable local food system, and to provide a forum for public input regarding related issues. The Advisory Council shall assist Napa County staff in promoting local food production and consumption, in undertaking a review of County regulations to identify and address barriers and opportunities associated with local food production, distribution, and access, and in recommending to the Napa County Board of Supervisor’s Legislative Subcommittee needed changes in State law for incorporation into the County’s legislative platform.   View the vision, mission and goals of the Council 

Click below to listen to Local Food Advisory Council Special Meetings



September 24, 2014

May 28, 2014

March 19, 2014      

November 21, 2013

September 25, 2013

July 24, 2013


Local Food Advisory Council Calendar:

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 3-5 pm, UCCE Conference Room, 1710 Soscol Ave, Napa View Agenda


Celebrate Food Day! 

Locally, the priority areas of Food Day 2014 in Napa County are food education and food access, with a special emphasis on urban farming. Throughout the week’s activities, community residents will be provided with tools and resources they can use to start community gardens, school gardens and develop their own urban farms. The following events are planned for the Napa County Food Day celebrations:

There will be numerous screenings of the film Growing Cities throughout the County. Growing Cities examines the power of urban farming to revitalize and transform our food system. October 17th Growing Cities will be shown at Calistoga Elementary at 6:30pm. October 20th the film will be shown at Napa Valley College at 4pm. On October 24th at 6:00pm the film will be shown at the Copia in downtown Napa and followed by an interactive paneled discussion. The movie will have Spanish subtitles at the Calistoga and Copia showings. 

The Food Day organizing committee will be hosting a booth at Oxbow Public Market’s Local’s Night on October 21st from 6:00-8:00pm. Information on Food Day, food education, and local, sustainable living will be made available. 

On October 23rd Connolly Ranch will be hosting a FREE Walk-In-Wednesday event at the Ranch from 2:00pm-4:00pm. 

St. Helena’s Farmers Market has invited Karen Schuppert of Cook4Seasons to conduct a cooking demonstration and lecture at 10:30 a.m. on October 24th.
There will be a garden workshop and nutrition class with the McPherson Neighborhood Initiative Community Garden on October 23rd. This class is open to members of the McPherson Neighborhood Initiative community members. 

Throughout the month of October, elementary schools from across Napa County are participating in a competition to win nutrition and garden education materials. Additionally third graders at West Park Elementary will be conducting a school wide “Taste the Alphabet” during recess on October 24th

On Saturday, October 25th at the Napa Farmer’s Market, partnering organizations will join forces for a health and wellness fair. This will showcase the importance of fresh local eating, and information on sustainable farming in Napa County. Participants will then be invited to participate in a community bike ride led by Napa Bike Coalition to Connolly Ranch’s Harvest Festival (1:00pm-4:00pm). The Harvest Festival will have interactive, family friendly activities including an apple press, scavenger hunt, and crop swap. 

Together we can create an initiative to transform the food and health for all of Napa County. Join us to celebrate “eating real” throughout the week of October 17-25th!

For more information contact: Danielle Niculescu, danielle.niculescu@gmail.com (707) 980-9303. 



Local Food Advisory Council Members:


 Member Name:


Diane Dillon  Board of Supervisors
Joy Hilton** City of American Canyon
Lynn Brown City of Calistoga 
Juliana Inman  City of Napa
Jeannie Kerr City of St. Helena
Kara Scoggins  Town of Yountville 
Mark Dommen  Agricultural community
Elizabeth Moore  Agricultural community
Kristina Muelrath  Agricultural community
Karen Schuppert  Public health &/or nutrition
Lisa Bissell Paulson  Institutions
Ted Hall Marketing or distribution
Michael Cromwell* Community at large
Holli Scheumann  Community at large
Elizabeth Skylar  Community at large
* Chair, ** Vice-Chair  



                 Advisory Council Documents:



 Special Meeting Agenda 11/19/14

 Draft Meeting Minutes 9/24/14

 Special Meeting Agenda 9/24/14

 Draft Meeting Minutes 5/28/14

 Special Meeting Agenda 5/28/14

 Special Meeting Agenda 3/19/14

 Draft Minutes, Special Meeting 3/19/14

 Special Meeting Agenda 2/13/14  

 Draft Minutes, Special Meeting 2/13/14

 Copy of Special Meeting Cancellation Notice 1/22/14



 Agenda, Special Meeting 11/21/13

 Draft Minutes, Special Meeting 11/21/13

 Final Minutes, Special Meeting 9/25/13 

 Agenda, Special Meeting 9/25/2013

 Final Minutes, Special Meeting 07/24/13 

 Agenda, Special Meeting 7/24/13

 Final Minutes, Special Meeting 5/22/13

 Final Minutes, Special Meeting 3/27/13

 Agenda, Special Meeting 3/27/13                 

 Agenda, Special Meeting 1/23/13

 Draft Minutes, Special Meeting 1/23/2013              






















 Local Food Advisory Council in the News:

 Food Council Touts Gardens, The Napa Register, July 16, 2013

  Sweet Peas Dazzle Phillips Students, The Napa Register, April 11, 2013

 Local Students to Get Farm Tasting Kits, The Napa Register, January 14, 2013

 Food Day celebrates Napa Valley Farming, The Napa Register, October 24, 2011

 National Food Day party set for Oct. 24, The Napa Register, September 30, 2011

 Health advocates tout local gardens closer to low-income people, The Napa Valley Register, July 22, 2011

 For the health of Napa: locally grown food, The Napa Valley Register, July 6, 2011 


 Napa Local Food Forum on Facebook 


The Napa County Local Food Advisory Council advises the Agricultural Commissioner and Board of Supervisors regarding the development and promotion of a sustainable local food system, and works to set priorities, plan and implement initiatives to improve the environmental, economic and social sustainability of food production in Napa County. If you would like to receive information about upcoming Advisory Council meetings and events, please contact the Council liaison, Sommer Woolley at (707) 253-4357 or by email at Sommer.Woolley@countyofnapa.org.


Other Information and media:

USDA Report Shows More Than 17 million Amercian Households Lack Food Security CDFA Website  

See Dr. Karen Smith's PowerPoint presentation  Local Food Advisory Council: Why are we here?  presented to the Local Food Advisory Council on July 11, 2011 

Read the fascinating results of the NVC Small Business Development Center Foodshed Survey, including the Recommendations, or take a look at the PowerPoint presentation given to the Local Food Advisory Council, May 31, 2011

LFAC Bylaws

Advisory Council BOS Resolution

BOS Agenda Letter creating LFAC (2/1/2011)