Friday, 19 April 2024

Lake County Local Foods Forum set for March 15

LAKEPORT – The Lake County Local Foods Forum will take place in Lakeport on Monday, March 15.


The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Little Theater at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 401 Martin St.


The forum is intended to be a means to launch a grant award from the California Department of Food and Agriculture designed to benefit Lake County residents and farmers.


The grant was awarded to Lake County Public Health on behalf of the Health Leadership Network who is coordinating the event.


A special invitation is extended to all specialty crop farmers, restaurant owners, and other establishments/institutions that serve or buy food, as well as grocery store produce managers.


A.G. Kawamura, California’s Secretary of Agriculture, will give the opening remarks.


The Local Foods Forum will kick-off the work plan the Health Leadership Network will undertake for this grant.


Components of the grant include marketing and education to showcase the nutritional benefits of vegetables, fruit and tree nuts; expanding farm-to-school/institution efforts; coordination to connect the “eat local” efforts within a more formal food delivery system; and expanding market opportunities for farmers, including the creation of an online ordering system.


Local growers and buyers are invited to participate in a day that will focus on learning more about benefits of local food systems from state and local experts, as well as providing opportunities to discuss local food dynamics and making connections among local growers and buyers designed to increase consumption of locally grown specialty crops within our community.


A special buffet lunch is included free of charge. Chef Julie Hoskins of Chic le Chef will create a beautiful and delicious lunch featuring fresh Lake County produce.


This event is free and promises to be an exciting day of education and networking, while catching an inspired vision for the future!


Registration is required. For information and to register, contact Jackie Armstrong at the Health Leadership Network, 707-274-2459 or visit www.lakehln.org .


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