Monday, March 19, 2012

Bluegrass Local Food Summit set March 22-24

The fifth annual Bluegrass Local Food Summit will "address key issues related to local food systems, including how to integrate farming, food, faith and health in Kentucky; create better direct connections between growers and consumers; and address how local food systems fit into a social and economic development strategy," a press release says. It will offer information, resources and connections for strengthening local food production, marketing and distribution. The event is scheduled March 22-24 in Lexington, Ky.

"Each year we accumulate the wisdom, trust and actions steps that plant seeds of new collaborations, fertilize community connections and harvest the fruits of cooperative projects," the release says. The three-day summit will also recognize Women's History Month by honoring individuals and organizations "for their contributions to the Kentucky movement to connect local healthy food with the conditions of women and our communities." Some of those honorees include: Kentucky Women in Agriculture, the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program, Anne Hopkins from Good Foods Market and Cafe, and author and beekeeper Tammy Horn.

Events for Thursday will be about the role of local government. Friday is dedicated to community partners, and Saturday to building community skills. There will also be a film series. Information about the summit, including registration forms, can be found here.

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