Cultivating Community Health
Flint Hills Wellness Coalition
Flint Hills Wellness Coalition
Cultivating Community Health

Food and Farm Council

The Food and Farm Council of Riley County and the City of Manhattan currently has no open positions but will accept applications on a rolling basis.

Click here to apply for a City Appointment

Click here to apply for a County Appointment

The Council will be a community member group to hold discussions, help improve coordination of services that impact our local food system and provide a voice from the community to our elected city and county officials. The food and farm council will use existing and new survey data, plus listening session and interview data to determine what the community is saying, what are the priority needs, and work on solution sets to make a stronger food system for our city/county. That can include working on food issues such as affordability of locally grown fruits/vegetables, easier access to healthy foods, food insecurity issues, including a systematic food recovery program, recycling, gardening, and more!!


The purpose of the Council is to advocate for and sustain an accessible, healthy and local food system. The Food and Farm Council of Riley County and the City of Manhattan, Kansas envisions a local food system that supports healthy living in our community. To accomplish this the Council must:
  • Identify and prioritize needs and make recommendations that promote, support, and strengthen access to local, healthy, safe, affordable food.
  • Educate and advise the City/County Commissions on local food system needs.
  • Provide a forum for people involved in different parts of the local food system and local government officials for fostering collaborative, coordinated actions to improve our local food system.


The goals of the Food & Farm Council for Riley County and the City of Manhattan, Kansas are to:
  • Serve as a city and county appointed council of community members to strengthen communication, education and policy within the food system.<./li>
  • Make local and healthy food options more available, accessible and affordable.
  • Support education of growing, choosing, and preparing nutritious foods.
  • Improve health outcomes through the reduction of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and obesity.

Current Members

  • Carol Barta (Riley County)
  • Andrea DeJesus (Riley County)
  • Gregg Eyestone (Riley County)
  • John Green (Riley County)
  • Sharolyn Jackson (Riley County)
  • Jacquie Mack (Riley County)
  • Jennifer Morris (Riley County)
  • Maureen Olewnik (Riley County)
  • Clara Wicoff (Riley County)
  • Adrian Self (City of Manhattan)
  • Kirsten Spear (City of Manhattan)
  • David Procter (City of Manhattan)
  • Stephanie Smith (City of Manhattan)
  • Katrina Marshall (City of Manhattan)
  • Joshua Brewer (City of Manhattan)
The Riley County Food System — How we produce, buy, eat and throw away food in Riley County impacts our economy, our health, our environment and our local culture. For more detailed information about the Riley County Food System, see the full Riley County Food System Assessment report.

Riley County Food System Highlights- 9/28/17 Presentation

The Food and Farm Council meets the third Monday of each month from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Riley County Health Department Family and Child Resource Center (2101 Claflin Road Manhattan, Kansas). Meetings are open to the public. Current and past agendas and minutes for the Food and Farm Council meetings are available on the Riley County Health Department website."

For more information see the google drive.
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