More speakers confirmed for Foodshed Connection Event

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Is Local Food an option for your school system or business?? More and more institutions are making it work, incorporating more fresh, healthy, local ingredients into their cafeteria menus for more months out of the year. Every little bit helps. Some programs start with a pledge of 10% locally sourced food. Adding more fresh ingredients means fewer processed items – helping to boost the taste and nutritional value of school menu items.
Find out what your school district or business can do to take the first step. Several national initiatives are addressing issues directly related to health – whether it be playing outdoors, getting more exercise, eating more healthfully, establishing basic lifelong habits that will benefit all of us and our planet while educating children on where their food comes from.

Join us and begin the dialogue…Because Everybody Eats!! Details are below...

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.
 
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 has put Kenyon at an astounding level of 36% of its food being sourced locally.
 
Also scheduled to speak are Damon Remillard, AVI Food Service, John Marsh, Director of Sustainability and Chair of the Knox County Food Policy Council, Doug Gifford, NRCS District Conservationist for Knox County, Katelyn Roush, Knox County Executive Director, Farm Service Agency, Chuck Dilbone of Granville Exempted Village School District, and Mike Laughlin of Northridge Organic Farm.
 
This event is free of charge, but seating is limited. Please rsvp by Noon on Friday September 24, 2010 to Traci Aquara at 740-368-5979, ext. 112. Walk-ins will be accommodated as space permits. This event is supported in part by funding from the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency. For more information on this and other projects, visit www.heartofohiorcd.org.

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