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Monday, March 19, 2012

Local Food Policy Council Statewide Meeting

Local Food Policy Council Statewide Meeting
Thursday, April 26, 2012, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Agricultural Administration Auditorium, The Ohio State University Columbus Campus

If you are a member of one of Ohio’s emerging or established local food policy councils, or you are interested in the local food policy movement, please plan to attend.

Keynote speaker, Mark Winne, Food Policy Council Program Director at the Community Food Security Coalition, will talk about "Food Policy Councils: Paving the Way for Food Democracy.  In the morning session, a panel of Ohio local food policy councils will answer your questions.  Other topics include hot Ohio policy topics, working with local decision-makers and developing a statewide network. Local food policy council members can sign-up for a time slot with author Mark Winne to discuss questions related to food policy council work between 2:45 and 4:15 pm.

A free public lecture by Mark Winne will be held on central campus the same evening.  Mark’s evening lecture is hosted by the OSU John Glenn School of Public Affairs, Social Responsibility Initiative, Knowlton School of Architecture, Center for Farmland Policy Innovation, and Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics.  Information will be posted here:

The registration fee of $25 includes lunch, parking, and Mark Winne’s acclaimed book “Closing the Food Gap.” Register early as space is limited to 120 guests.  Registration and payment must be received by April 21, 2012. We regret that we cannot accept late registrations. Payment must be made by check, payable to The Ohio State University. No cancellations can be accepted after April 21, 2012.

For additional information and registration form please click here.

About Mark Winne…

Mark Winne currently writes, speaks, and consults extensively on community food system topics including hunger and food insecurity, local and regional agriculture, community food assessment, and food policy. He also does policy communication and food policy council work for the Community Food Security Coalition. His essays and opinion pieces have appeared in the Hartford Courant, the Boston Globe, The Nation, In These Times, Sierra Magazine, Orion Magazine, Successful Farming, Yes! Magazine, and numerous organizational and professional journals.

Mark blogs regularly at and is a regular contributor and He is the author of Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty (Beacon Press 2008) and Food Rebels, Guerilla Gardeners, and Smart Cookin’ Mamas: Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture (Beacon Press, 2010).

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