The fourth in a series of Foodshed Connection events, “Making the Grade with Local Food: Farm to School”, will be held on Tuesday, September 28, 2010, at the B&O Railroad Depot in downtown Mt. Vernon, Ohio. This event is set from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm and videotaping of speakers and willing participants will take place. Speakers will focus on funding opportunities for growers and ways to increase the use of local food in schools and other institutions.
Howard Sacks, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Rural Life Center at Kenyon College, will be speaking about Kenyon’s groundbreaking program, “Food for Thought,” leading students to examine their ideas on and relationships with their food, as well as the role being played in the local community by the Knox County Food Policy Council. Dr. Sacks has become a national leader in the local food movement and an integral part of putting Kenyon at an astounding level of 36% of its food being sourced locally. More speakers are being added representing institutional buyers, growers who have succeeded in getting their product into these markets, and consumers who are making a difference in the way our kids eat and view their food.
Some fun contests will be featured before and after the speaker presentations, with giveaways and plenty of time for Q&A and networking opportunities. The goal is to create a buzz and provide a forum for more communication and education on local food in general, and to promote the resources available which make it all possible.
This event is free of charge and supported in part by funding by Natural Resources Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency. For more information on this and other local projects, visit www.heartofohiorcd.org or call Traci Aquara at 740-368-5979, ext. 112.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 20:00
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