Food and Farm Council

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!

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.


City of Manhattan Advisory Board/Committee Application 


Riley County Advisory Council/Board Application


  • Carol Barta (Riley County)
  • Andrea DeJesus (Riley County)
  • Megan Dougherty (Riley County)
  • John Green (Riley County)
  • Sharolyn Jackson (Riley County)
  • Jacquie Mack (Riley County)
  • Mary Mertz (Riley County)
  • Maureen Olewnik (Riley County)
  • Kate LaRosh (Riley County)
  • Adrian Self (City of Manhattan)
  • Kirsten Spear (City of Manhattan)
  • David Procter (City of Manhattan)
  • Stephanie Smith (City of Manhattan)
  • Michael Wilson (City of Manhattan)
  • Joshua Brewer (City of Manhattan)
  1. Mission Statement
  2. Goals

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.

IF the Food and Farm Council may be more than you have time to commit to, you can still get involved and make a difference in our local food system! Join the Flint Hills Wellness Coalition Nutrition Workgroup!! There are opportunities to be involved at the leadership team level or follow your passion, use your expertise and get involved in sub-committee work with specific food system issues like food insecurity, food waste and many others! See contact information below or read more at


Shanika Rose
Riley County Health Department
785-776-4779 Ext. 7650