Are you interested in food, jobs, youth, and the health and progress of the Wayne County community? Are you the grocery shopper in your family or do you have food procurement responsibilities at work? Do you have concerns about food safety? Are you a farmer or producer of local food?
Join SEEDS on Tuesday night April 15th at 7:00 pm at The Cooperage to hear about the Wayne County Food Hub - an effort to stimulate the economy of our local farming community by purchasing food from our local farmers and producers. This Food Hub has facilitated job creation and has resulted in employment and job training opportunities for our area youth. SEEDS wants to help organize a greater effort to support local food production and consumption. SEEDS urges everyone to come learn about how this effort can expand and how you might help.
Come early for dinner! The Cooperage Café will open at 6:00 pm. Caterers Ben and Derrick will feature local foods available for purchase. The forum will begin at 7:00pm
The panel of speakers will include:
Robert Muller - Wayne County Conservation District and Wayne Tomorrow’s Agriculture subcommittee.
Cindy Matthews - Wayne County Human Services and SEEDS Board member - "What is a Food Hub and how does it benefit our community?"
Andrea Whyte - Wayne County Area Agency on Aging - "Purchase-Local Initiative"
Tom Eccles - Farmer in the Dale, LLC. - "Meeting the Need of Institutional Purchasers"
Julie Gilbert - Wayne County Employment and Training Office - Job Training Partnership Act Program
Kim Emmet - Community Vocational Services, Inc. - job coaching and school-to-work programming.
The program is free and open to all. Pre-registration is appreciated by contacting SEEDS at 570-245-1256 or e-mailing Jocelyn@seedsgroup.net. Walk-ins will also be welcome.
(Information from Allaina Propst | Project Coordinator The Cooperage Project)
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