Local foods listening session March 14

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Article Published: Feb. 21, 2013 | Modified: Mar. 15, 2013

Anyone invested in the High Country’s local foods movement is invited to attend a listening session on Thursday, March 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Ashe Family Central Community Room.

The listening session is being held by the N.C. Local Sustainable Foods Advisory Council of the N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (NCDA). The Local Foods Council, co-chaired by NCDA commissioner Steve Troxler and N.C. State Center for Environmental Farming Systems director Dr. Nancy Creamer, has already held 8 listening sessions throughout North Carolina.

The council is meeting with people in the field involved in local foods — farmers, businesspeople, support providers, etc. — to identify opportunities for improving the local foods economy.

The N.C. Local Sustainable Foods Advisory Council of NCDA hopes to facilitate the discussion among 15 to 100 growers and regional agricultural professionals in the area. The council plans to invite experts who can answer questions and provide clarification of areas as they arise, such as a staff from NCDA.

If you have a question related to local foods and issues, contact Debbie Hamrick at (debbie.hamrick@ncfb.org) Ashe Family Central is located at 626 Ashe Central School Road in Jefferson.

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