Here's an announcement about an upcoming local food forum, happening Sunday, October 16, from Little Lake Grange President Annie Waters. Called "Promoting Local Food & Farming: Achievements and Challenges," the event features representatives from organizations around the county to share their work with the public, and to start a discussion about supporting the local food economy in Mendocino. More information is below.
Promoting Local Food and Farming: Achievements and Challenges
A Forum on Sunday, October 16, from 3 to 5 pm,
Little Lake Grange, 291 School St. Willits
Panelists representing numerous organizations, from the Anderson Valley Foodshed to NCO to the Farm Bureau, will make brief presentations on their work and lead a discussion of what needs to be done to build a vibrant local food economy in Mendocino County.
Presented by Little Lake Grange and the Grange School of Adaptive Agriculture
Mendocino County is a primarily agricultural economy, yet over 95% of our food is imported and most of our food dollars go to out-of-county enterprises. The forum will celebrate the work of more than a dozen initiatives and dozens of individuals who have been working to build our local food economy. In the public discussion, we will ask what more needs to be done to build an economy that encourages local food production for local needs.
Refreshments will be provided.
Miles Gordon from North Coast Opportunities, speaking on the Gardens Project and NCO's incubator farm project; John Bailey, also from NCO, speaking on the Food Hub; Kyle Farmer, representing the Inland Mendocino Land Trust; Devon Jones, Executive Director of the Mendocino County Farm Bureau; Ann Waters, President of Little Lake Grange; April Cunningham, presenting on NCO's Food Systems Project and consumer education; Linda MacElwee, talking on the Anderson Valley Foodshed; Jen Dalton, representing the Mendocino County Food Policy Council; Scott Cratty, owner of Westside Renaissance Market, and general manager, Caroline Radice on the Good Farm Fund.
Mendocino County Farmers Market Association