Everybody Eats Conference Promotes Local Food Security and Local Economy

by Greg LaBarge, Fulton County

Registration is now open for the “Everybody Eats” conference, presented by Eating Local Foods (ELF) Network, on April 2, 2011 at Northwest State Community College.  NSCC is sponsoring the event, along with The Ohio State University Extension.  This year’s conference focuses on enhancing the production, distribution and consumption of local foods and includes workshops for both consumers and producers.

“Workshops for producers focus on various methods of sustainable agriculture, as well as ongoing educational opportunities,” said Valerie Kinsman, ELF Network member and conference coordinator. “Consumers will receive practical information to help them select and utilize foods from the local food system.”

Eighteen workshops and an exhibitor fair are included in the conference.  Keynote speaker, Leslie Schaller, from the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks will speak on the topic, “From Farm to Fork: Creating a Local Food Value Chain”.  A complete conference schedule, along with workshop descriptions, can be found online at www.eatinglocalfoods.org or http://fulton.osu.edu/events/everyboday-eats-conference.

“The benefits of choosing local foods are numerous,” said Kinsman.  “We hope this conference will raise awareness about the economic, health and nutritional impacts of local foods.”

The ELF Network is a group of people in the greater Northwest Ohio area promoting a sustainable, local food system through education that improves quality of life and protects the environment. The network was initiated by Northwest State Community College as part of its Education for Sustainability Program.  For more information, visit www.eatinglocalfoods.org or email Valerie Kinsman at EverybodyEats2011@hotmail.com .

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