Regional Food Discussion

“Building Resilience and Recovery through Regional Foods” on Transition Vermont

Time: January 7, 2010 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: Vermont College of Fine Arts, Chapel, Montpelier, upstairs from the Wood Art Gallery
Organized By: Annie McCleary

Event Description:
Ken Meter will discuss how local food networks thrive, how local officials can help strengthen economies, and how regionally-grown food can help reduce public health costs. His recent study of the Minnesota food economy, “Mapping the Minnesota Food Industry,” found that community-based food businesses build a more resilient future by forming strong relationships of trust. These community connections allow firms to focus on the triple bottom line. Ken consults with food initiatives in 45 regions in 20 states, and also manages the national review panels for USDA’s Community Food Projects grants.

Ken Meter is one of the most experienced food system analysts in the United States. His work integrates market analysis, business development, systems thinking, and social concerns. As president of Crossroads Resource Center, Meter has 39 years of experience in inner-city and rural community capacity building.

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