North Central Michigan College’s Luncheon Lecture will look at the Local Food Alliance on Friday, November 6.
The program will be held in the College’s Library conference room. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at noon.
The Local Food Alliance is an all-volunteer group of community members that has been meeting monthly since 2012 to raise awareness about the value of local food and farms, incubate new ideas and advance strategies that unite farmers with consumers.
Alliance members will discuss why producing and buying food “locally” matters—to our health, to our economy and to our community.
They will review recent trends in our region’s agriculture and highlight several new developments and activities that are building momentum toward a more vital local food system.
• Younger farmers building a stake in our area and bringing new ideas and technologies and a focus on higher value products
• A program initiated by the Friendship Centers of Emmet County to include food grown by local farmers in its meals programs for seniors;
• The development of farm guilds and other programs that offer mutual support and skill-building opportunities for farmers
• Vastly expanded offerings of farming classes and related activities at North Central Michigan Colleg
• And, the “Good Food Initiative” of the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation
The presentation will conclude with an overview of future plans and how community members can participate in these efforts.