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What is a Working Group?

SBCFAN holds space for individuals from across the food system to convene, collaborate on projects, and accelerate Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan goal activation and change-making in our region. Active and developing working groups are building regional capacity to strengthen our food system.

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© Andrew Hill
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How do you join a working group?


Join Our Mailing List  (it’s free!).
Then email us here about your interest in an existing or new Working Group.


SBCFAN staff will be in touch about current and potential opportunities – or feel free to contact us at [email protected].

How do working groups drive the work of SBCFAN?

SBCFAN Working Groups are made up of individuals from across the countywide food system who have diverse backgrounds and perspectives. This cross-sector collaboration accelerates Food Action Plan goal activation and change-making within the Santa Barbara region.

At SBCFAN, we are striving towards community ownership in which food system actors drive the work of the working groups themselves and play a critical role in the decision making process. You are the Network, we set the table.

How does SBCFAN support Working Groups?

SBCFAN’s role is to:

  • Coordinate working groups around food system priorities to help drive the work of the Network.
  • Convene and facilitate working group meetings to ensure equitable elevation of voices and act as a consistent point of contact so that projects are not delayed or lost.
  • Provide accountability and guidance on identifying goals, objectives, and potential working group members.
  • Provide shared virtual workspace and Working Group Toolkit, including meeting agenda, work plan, and project budget templates.
  • Notify working group members about relevant critical resources and opportunities such as funding and financing, employment, land, equipment, materials, and more.
  • Facilitate bi-annual member listening and learning sessions where working group members will have an opportunity to share and receive feedback on the working group’s progress, successes, failures, and challenges.
  • Advocate for policy barriers and change at the local, regional, state, and federal levels.
  • Mobilize resources based on identified needs.
  • Help to deepen connections within working groups to build trust and strengthen community, accelerate food systems change, broaden collective impact, and ultimately build resilience.
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