Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology Community Discussion Set

Last Updated on Aug 9, 2018 at 11:55am | Agribusiness

The Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology is holding a community discussion to see how people produce, eat, shop, prepare, and process food, what obstacles they face in their current food system, and how they would like to see it change to better serve them. 
Our goal is to discover how we can work together to build a better food system that serves our communities and is responsive to the people and places that are unique to our region.  It is important for our food system to be transparent and equitable to all involved and that is why your thoughts and guidance are so important to us in this process. Everyone should come because everyone has an interest in food, not just farmers and chefs and policymakers, but everyone who buys, sells, produces, consumes, and/or handles food. 
Come join a lively conversation about the food we eat!
When:  Tuesday, August 28, 2018
             6:00 to 8:15 p.m.
Where:  Garrett College
              687 Mosser Road
              GIEC (Building 100), Room 102
              McHenry, MD 21541
Cost:  FREE
Parking is available in Lot A.
For additional  information, please visit the event's Facebook page.
About the study:
The Chesapeake Foodshed Study, a project of the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, is a yearlong analysis of the supply chain for food and agricultural products in 79-county region.  The Center hopes that this study will define how products flow from the farm to the consumer’s plate.
The goal of this project is to determine how supply chain participants, policymakers, and food system advocates can shift the regional food supply to better serve communities in the Chesapeake Bay region.  In addition to a GAP analysis to identify opportunities for value chain integration for local farms, the project also establishes a consumer demand profile, assesses production capacity in the region, and identifies and profiles supply chain clusters.
The project organized community discussions throughout the state of Maryland to obtain input and feedback from those working and living in select communities, including Charlotte Hall, Elkton, Salisbury, Baltimore, Silver Spring, McHenry, and Frederick.
The community attending the meetings will engage in roundtable discussions with self-selected topics such as How I Buy; Who Do I Trust With my Food; How I Eat, and The Future of Food.
These community-focused discussions are intended to complement the rest of the Chesapeake Foodshed study, which looks at the entire food supply in the Chesapeake region. The project team interviewed producers, industry, and supply chain participants, in addition to community, advocacy, and assistance organizations working throughout the region. These interviews served as in-depth looks into specific communities, topics, and topic areas and focused on current obstacles and views on the future of agriculture in the region.
The project team will utilize these discussions to make recommendations that help prepare for a more stable, equitable, and profitable future for the Chesapeake Bay Foodshed.
The project is funded by the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology.