Food Systems Council


The Linn County Food Systems Council (LCFSC) was created on March 28, 2012 by resolution of the Board of Supervisors. The Planning & Development Department, in partnership with Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development, provides financial and staff support to the Council.

The Food Systems Council advises on policies and programs with the objective of  making the Linn County food system economically, environmentally and socially sustainable. Members are appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve a four-year term(s). Members typically have expertise in various segments of the food system including banking, real estate, distribution, education, health, law, marketing, processing, procurement, production or waste management.  

Mission & Goals

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Council Members (four-year terms)

NameOrganizationTerm Expires
Sarah BlaisNewBo City Mark12/31/26
Emmaly RenshawFeed Iowa First12/31/26
Sandy RosenbergerIowa State Extension - Linn County12/31/24
Kim GuardadoHACAP Food Reservoir12/31/22
Melissa WahlHorizons12/31/26
Emily QualCobble Hill12/31/26
Laura SeyferCedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance12/31/24
August StolbaPrairiewoods Spirituality Center12/31/25
Laura KrouseAbbe Hills Farm12/31/25
Stephanie Schrader
City of Cedar Rapids12/31/23
Amy HockettPublic Health12/31/25
Tamara MarcusLinn County Sustainability CouncilStaff 
Mike Tertinger
Linn County Planning & Development
Staff Liaison
Cathy CoppessLinn County Planning & Development





The council meets the fourth Thursday of the month from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Jean Oxley Public Service Center, 935 2nd St. SW, Cedar Rapids. For information on attending the meetings, email Mike Tertinger.

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