Yesterday and tomorrow: Local Food Forum

February 3, 2009 at 9:04 pm 2 comments

farmfreshri_noborderYesterday, an angry groundhog told Mayor Bloomberg to keep his hands to himself. But tomorrow promises the 5th Annual Local Food Forum, organized by Farm Fresh Rhode Island. It’s a gathering of farmers, chefs, school food services, restaurateurs, and institutions focused on building RI’s local food system.

As a gardener, I keep coming back to questions I had when organic farmer Elizabeth Henderson spoke at Brown last month: What is the relationship between local farmers and gardeners who grow their own food? When gardeners grow their own food, are we supporting or subverting the local food system? There’s nothing as local as your own backyard or your neighborhood’s community garden, but is it part of a system? Food for thought. . .

I’ll be there to announce a spring event where I’m teaming up with Southside Community Land Trust and another exciting speaker. More on that soon.

Back to the Local Food Forum, it’s Weds., Feb. 4 (tomorrow) starting at 8:30am at Andrews Dining Hall on Brown University’s Pembroke campus in Providence. More info on the Farm Fresh RI website.

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  • 1. frank@nycgarden  |  February 10, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    This is a good question! Are we subverting or supporting? Have you seen MyFarmSF.com? These guys are being paid to grow people’s veggies for them in the clients yards. Not that controversial, personal gardeners right, but they sell it as local food and sustainable agriculture. Thats where it gets interesting.

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    • 2. greenzonegarden  |  February 10, 2009 at 7:39 pm

      Not so different from the ritzy summer estates in coastal RI, where rich matrons hired gardeners to tend their war gardens. More on that some day…

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