Slow Food for Thought...

“Defending the earth means safeguarding biodiversity, the landscape and farming. Those who haven’t seen the importance of farming haven’t understood anything!”
Carlo Petrini, Founder of Slow Food

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Our Food in Your Future

On Saturday, 19 September from 9:00 to 3:00, Innovative Farmers of Ohio will present a workshop to address industrial versus sustainable food production to be held at:

Trinity Commons at Trinity Cathedral
2230 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, 44115

Keynote speaker Kathleen Harris of Northeast Livestock Processing Service Company will discuss the program she created in New York State’s Hudson Valley to serve consumers and farmers in a local production system.

Local foods advocate Mary K. Holmes will present “Where Does Food Come From?” Mary, one of Cleveland’s first advocates of local foods, co-founded the North Union Farmers Market in 1995 and now lectures on food and farming issues at Case Western Reserve University.

Sylvia Zimmerman, farmer and artisan cheese maker, will discuss our food and farming history and how a real and honest farming system benefits both urban and rural America.

Breakout sessions will allow for discussion and brainstorming:

Topics and discussion leaders:

How to become an advocate for local foods
Sylvia Zimmerman, IFO

How to access Ohio’s abundant sources of local foods
Abbe Turner, Lucky Penny Farm

Challenging the school cafeteria
Kari Moore, FarmShare / Slow Food Northern Ohio

Policies and legislation that will affect your food choices
Mary K. Holmes

To register please call The Ohio State University Extension Service at 216-429-8211. Your $35 ticket will include a brown bag lunch featuring local food products. Payment by check or cash will be accepted at the conference. Please make checks payable to Innovative Farmers of Ohio.

Directions: Trinity Commons is located at 2230 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland 44115. Parking entrance is at East 22nd and Prospect Avenue. If you need directions please call Trinity Cathedral at 216-771-4815.

“Our Food in Your Future” part of a series, OHIO: Our Farms Our Food, is supported by a generous grant from Rural Rehab of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

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