Local Food Advisory Council (LFAC)

Napa Local Food LFAC photo

The Napa Local Food Advisory Council (LFAC) nurtures a sustainable local food system in Napa County by operating a public forum to share information on community needs and advising the Napa County Board of Supervisors on critical issues such as food education and promoting the production, distribution, and access to sustainable food. The council is made up of local citizens and elected officials, who are appointed by the Board of Supervisors, and share an interest in promoting local food production and consumption while decreasing food insecurity.

Get empowered and show your support for our local sustainable food movement! There are many opportunities for engaging with the LFAC, see below for details.

Attend a Meeting

LFAC meetings are a great way to get updates on the work being done around the Napa local food system in the County and gives you the opportunity to voice your concerns around local and healthy food access. Empower yourself and participate in the next LFAC meeting!

Meetings are now on the 4th Monday of every other month at the UCCE Meeting Room located at 1710 Soscol Avenue, Napa.

  • September 25
  • November 27

2017 Subcommittees

The Local Food Advisory Council creates small working groups (subcommittees) to take action on, or delve deeper into, a specific topic in order to report back to the full council and the Agricultural Commissioner. If you would like to participate in a LFAC subcommittee please contact Joy Hilton at joy.hilton@countyofnapa.org.

Food System Assessment Subcommittee

LFAC subcommittee - food systems recommendations graphicThe food system assessment subcommittee is developing a recommendation on an assessment of land use, food insecurity, or a full system assessment, for the Board of Supervisors and the Agricultural Commissioner’s Office.

Food Day Subcommittee

LFAC subcommittee - food day logoThe Food Day subcommittee is developing the 2017 Food Day event. This year the topic will be School Gardens and the event will be held in late October.

EBT use in Napa County

LFAC subcommittee - EBT graphicThe EBT subcommittee is working with the Health and Human Services department of Napa County to strategize ways to increase EBT use in the county. They are also working with the Napa and American Canyon Farmers’ Markets to increase EBT and Market Match participation.

Connect with Council Members

LFAC members are dedicated to Napa’s local food movement. They work to promote local food education, production, and consumption in the community. Get to know each Council member and understand why they are involved by reading their bios here.

  • Local Food Advisory Council Member: Angela Baxter photo Angela Baxter

    Director of Food Service, Saint Helena Unified School District; Registered Dietitian
    18 years in Napa County

    What expertise or experience do you bring to the council?
    I am a Registered Dietitian with five years of experience in clinical nutrition and one year experience in school food service.



  • Local Food Advisory Council Member: Belia Ramos photo Belia Ramos

    Napa County Supervisor, District 5
    36 years in Napa County

    What expertise or experience do you bring to the council?
    Supervisor, 25th Agricultural District Member.



  • Local Food Advisory Council Member: Brian Henrickson photo Brian Henricksen

    Emergency Medical Services Administrator, Napa County
    2 years in Napa County

    What expertise or experience do you bring to the council?
    My experience working in Public Health will be great to bring to the council. There is a clear connection between food and health and the more we can promote healthy food choices, the better off the public health will be.



  • Local Food Advisory Council Member: Carrie Strohl photo Carrie Strohl – Chair

    Adjunct Instructor, UC Berkeley, Developmental Teacher Education; Magnet Lead Teacher, Pueblo Vista Dual Immersion/Environmental Science Magnet School
    9 years in Napa County

    What expertise or experience do you bring to the council?
    My background as an educator and my academic preparation in literacy, language, culture and science help me to understand how people learn about complex topics. Food is at once personal, social, and communal. Our approach to food system transformation must also incorporate personal, social, and community-based approaches. I bring an ability to analyze components of a system and look for ways to strengthen connections within them.



  • Local Food Advisory Council Member: David Layland photo David Layland

    Retired from Real Estate Services industry
    20 years in Napa County

    What expertise or experience do you bring to the council?
    My business background causes me to approach whatever I do in a “nuts and bolts” manner. Decisions must be quantifiable, data driven and practical as opposed to theoretical considerations or speculative possibilities. This lessens the time spent on matters that are destined to fail.



  • Local Food Advisory Council Member: Elizabeth Guthrie Skylar photo Elizabeth Guthrie Skylar

    Chef; Culinary Nutrition Education Consultant
    15 years in Napa County

    What expertise or experience do you bring to the council?
    Nutrition education, local food sourcing, event production and management hospitality management, and volunteer management.



  • Local Food Advisory Council Member: Dawson Holly photo Holly Krassner Dawson

    Executive Director, Leadership Napa Valley; President & Founder, NapaValleyKid.com; President, Connecting the Dots Marketing & Communications
    17 years in Napa County

    What expertise or experience do you bring to the council?
    My focus, and my clients, passionately supports the concept of sustainable agriculture and local harvest—promoting a healthy environment, and social and economic equity within our community. My marketing and communications expertise can help the Council reach a broader audience with its message. Additionally, I recently took on the role of executive director for Leadership Napa Valley, and two of our practicum groups in Class 31 focused on food access. I have the opportunity to work with future participants in the program to focus on related topics that will have an impact on our community.



  • Jennifer Palmer photo Jennifer Mary Palmer

    Public Health Analyst
    18 years in Napa County

    What expertise or experience do you bring to the council?
    I bring a deep understanding of both the data-driven picture of food insecurity in Napa County and the many independent entities that together make up our local Emergency Food System.



  • Local Food Advisory Council Member: Jonathan Hall photo Jonathan S. Hall

    Executive Director, Neptune Water Solutions
    2 years in Napa County

    What expertise or experience do you bring to the council?
    My experience in business has lead me to be task and goal oriented. My hope is to bring that mindset into my work with the council and help this great team of people with their mission in general and specific projects in particular.



  • Local Food Advisory Council Member: Kristin Miller photo Kristin Miller

    Staff Services Analyst II, Napa County, Health and Human Services, Self-Sufficiency Division
    8 years in Napa County

    What expertise or experience do you bring to the council?
    I bring innovation to the council. Within the Napa Community I identify and develop partnerships and resources to empower our community with services that increase self-sufficiency.



  • Local Food Advisory Council Member: Leigh Sharp photo Leigh Sharp – Vicechair

    Executive Director, Napa County Resource Conservation District
    16 years in Napa County

    What expertise or experience do you bring to the council?
    My background and experience is centered around sustainable agricultural and natural resource economics, with a passion for creating incentive-based programs to encourage stewardship of our environment.



  • Local Food Advisory Council Member: Vickie Bartelt photo Victoria Bartelt

    Chief Financial Officer, Bartelt Engineering; Farmer, Rusty Rake Farming Co.
    Napa native

    What expertise or experience do you bring to the council?
    When my husband and I were starting our business and raising our children, it was my challenge to find inexpensive ways to feed three growing boys and a hardworking husband. I learned to glean excess fresh produce from others who were willing to share and quickly had to teach myself how to preserve fresh food. I shopped “u-pick farms” and grocery store sales, with primarily in season produce and I learned what to do with them. I may no longer need to plan my meals around the “sales”, but food security will always be a topic I am passionate about. I look forward to educating residents on the value (both for health and taste) of fresh local produce over the “convenience” factor of the alternative which may be quick and easy but not necessarily the best choice. Also after a battle with breast cancer in 2009 I quickly adapted my diet to add more local fresh produce and remove as many carcinogenic items and food as possible in my diet. I believe my experience in these areas can both benefit and add a fresh perspective to the council.



Apply for a Council seat

LFAC is always looking for engaged and committed members to join the Council and make a difference. If you are interested in getting involved in the Napa local food system, apply for the Council seat that most interests you!

Council Openings

The Council is searching for community members who have some or all of the following skills and attributes:

  • Knowledge of and expertise in the food system
  • Experience working within the food and agriculture sector
  • Ability to deliver results
  • Research and evaluation capacity
  • Ability for networking and facilitating