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Ken Meter Presents: “Mount Shasta & Lassen Region Farm and Food Economy”

Eating local food is a hot topic across the country these days. But could it also provide an important boost for our local economy?

On July 10th, one of the most experienced food system analysts in the U.S., Ken Meter of the Crossroads Resource Center (CRC), will present “Mount Shasta & Lassen Region Farm and Food Economy,” based on his organization’s recent study of the North State’s complex food system. Area food producers, distributors and “locavores” of all kind are invited to attend this presentation.

Over the past few months, the CRC has analyzed the food production and distribution systems of Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity, Lassen and Modoc counties. Conducted at the request of a number of regional organizations*, the study addresses questions including: How much do North State residents spend on food produced outside our region? How much do area farmers spend on agricultural inputs (seed, fertilizer, chemicals) from outside providers? And how could changing just a few of the ways we eat keep millions of those dollars at home?”

“Mount Shasta & Lassen Region Farm and Food Economy” will offer a fascinating analysis of a complex process, along with initial suggestions as to how the system might be streamlined – providing remarkable benefits for North State food producers, area economies, and better eating for everyone.

Joining Mr. Meter will be a panel of local growers and ranchers to share, along with Mr. Meter, what makes locally grown and produced foods healthier and a better bargain.

“Emerging like a patchwork of carefully planted orchards, thousands of community-based food initiatives are taking root in diverse locales across the U.S,” Mr. Meter says. “If Shasta region residents purchased $5.00 of food for home use directly from the region’s farmers each week, this would generate $89 million of new farm income for the region.”

Ken Meter will appear in Redding, at Sequoia Middle School’s McLaughlin Auditorium, 1805 Sequoia Street, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. This free presentation is open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information visit www.oursmartfarms.com, www.growinglocal.blogspot.com or www.crcworks.org.

When: July 10, 7 to 9 p.m.

Where: Sequoia Middle School’s McLaughlin Auditorium, 1805 Sequoia St

-from press release