Established in 2010, the Council is charged with developing recommendations to: increase production, sales and consumption of Massachusetts-grown foods; establish and promote programs that deliver healthy Massachusetts-grown foods to Massachusetts residents; protect the land and water resources required for sustained local food production; train, retain and recruit farmers; and provide for the continued economic viability of local food production, processing and distribution in the Commonwealth. The Council is required to submit an annual report by December 31st detailing its progress in reaching these goals, along with any recommendations for legislative action.
“Encouraging the purchase and consumption of locally-grown food is not only important for the state’s economy, but also for promoting fresher and healthier dietary choices,” said Representative Jones. “I have full confidence that Representative Cole will discharge her responsibilities admirably and that her talent will add significantly to the work of the Council.”
Representative Cole said, “I am very happy and thankful the House Minority Leader has appointed me to this Council. I look forward to serving and contributing to their work.”
Representative Cole represents the Twelfth Essex District, which consists of wards 1, 2, 3, 4 and precincts 1 and 3 of ward 5 in the city of Peabody.