The term "local foods" is very versatile and powerful. It represents more than the geographic proximity of where your food was produced to where you consume it. Local foods represents a way for communities to revitalize their economies by supporting agripreneurs, whose businesses will then go on to create more fulfilling and good paying jobs. Local foods is a way to keep money in a community and to create closer and more mutually beneficial relationships between producer and consumer. Local foods is about improving health and being good stewards of the environment. Most importantly, when all is said and done, local foods represents discovering good tasting food that comes right from your community.
On July 17, 2012, USDA Deputy Secretary and six other women from around the country will be talking about local foods and their ideas and involvement with it. Here are the details:
- When: Join us at 3 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
- Where: Watch on WhiteHouse.gov/live, or on the White House Google+ page
- Engage: Ask questions and join the discussion on the White House Google+ Page, on Twitter using the hashtag #WHHangout, or here. Questions can be submitted ahead of time and during the event.
Below are some of the women that are going to be involved in the discussion:
|Cory Carman of Carman Ranch in Oregon, a fourth-generation farmer who works closely with local processors and distributors to sell her beef directly to customers and to local universities, colleges, and restaurants.|
|Chris Kirby, who coordinates a Farm to School program on behalf of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture and connects local producers with hundreds of local schools across the state.|
|Susan Noble, Executive Director of the Vernon Economic Development Association (VEDA) in Wisconsin, who spearheaded revitalizing an abandoned factory into a successful food businesses incubator.|
|Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of Baltimore, MD, who created the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative, an inter-governmental collaboration aiming to increase access to healthy affordable food across the city.|
|Pamela Roy, Executive Director of Farm to Table in Albuquerque, NM and Director of the New Mexico Food and Agriculture Policy Council, which advocates the connection between local food systems, health, nutrition, hunger and stewardship.|
|Valerie Segrest of the Muckelshoot Indian Tribe near Seattle, WA, who works as the Community Nutritionist and Native Foods Educator for the Northwest Indian College's Cooperative Extension Department and sees local and traditional foods as a way to preserve her heritage.|