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Douglas County Aims to Create More Local Food Sources

Douglas County is asking for ideas about a new community plan focused on food.

The Food Policy Council is hoping to stimulate a conversation within the Lawrence community about goals and policies they would like to see implemented to support a more localized food system.

Some changes they have already put into the conversation include allowing more zoning for agriculture production, ordinances to allow urban agriculture and to use more city land for additional community gardens.

The council will host five public surveys and community conversations in the coming weeks all across Douglas County.  Project coordinators remind students that their voice matters in this issue as well.

“Especially KU students, you are a key part of our community from what you buy to what your school serves and how they source their food,” Food Systems Coordinator at Douglas County Helen Schnoes said.

The first community meeting is tomorrow night at the Lecompton Community Building starting at 6 p.m.

For more information check out the project link here: https://www.douglascountyks.org/fpc/food-system-plan

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