Howard County’s Food Policy Task Force met in 2014 to develop a strategy for the best, most forward-thinking food system possible in Howard County. The task force was made up of leaders in the fields of food production, restaurants, the community college, and the corrections system. It also had members who work on behalf of our vulnerable populations. The 2014 Meeting Notes can be found by clicking on the months here: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, and December.
In less than a year, the task force developed a food hub plan that would take our health and nutrition efforts to the next level. The food hub would be a centralized location where we can collect, store, and distribute regionally produced food. Restaurants, nursing homes, hospitals, senior centers, our Recreation and Parks programs and others will be able to rely on this supply of fresh, local food.
The food hub plan would also provide a commercial kitchen to become an incubator for new food businesses, so that entrepreneurs have a place where they can create healthy food and get it to those same consumers. Another recommendation was a Mobile Market, bringing locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables right to the people who need them.
The Food Policy Task Force Report — The recommendations of the task force provide a guide to tackling the challenge of providing fresh, healthy food to all residents ‚strengthening the agricultural economy, and improving our overall food system.
The Roving Radish Final Report – A summary of the 2014 pilot program that brought healthy, affordable, convenient, and fresh food to Howard County citizens through a mobile food market. Testimonials within this document, as well as an informational video linked here, illustrate how valuable the program was to its patrons. The Roving Radish 2014 Addendums – More information on the Roving Radish.
Roving Radish completed it’s second season in Novmenber, 2015. The program has been a great success. For more information please visit the Roving Radish website.
Howard County Regional Food Hub Study — A feasibility study to investigate the possibility of creating a regional food hub and kitchen incubator. Food hubs help promote local consumption of regionally sourced, sustainably grown food. Kitchen incubators can provide food entrepreneurs with temporary, low-cost, access to licensed kitchens and professional equipment where they can work through developing their businesses without risking too much in investment. Entrepreneurs can collaborate and share ideas while they navigate through health regulations and other official processes.