From the Farm to Your Fork: Why Local Food Matters Upcoming Event: Monday, February 18th, 7:00-8:30pm 

Food is powerful! We need to eat every single day and the choices that we make determine how our world is used. Among the most powerful things we can do to create a secure community and a healthy family is to eat and buy locally grown and produced food.

What: From the Farm to Your Fork: Why Local Food Can Make Us Healthier, Happier and More Secure

When: Monday, February 18th 7:00 - 8:30pm

Where: Downtown Library Multi-purpose Room (in the basement)

This event spotlights perspectives from luminaries in our own food community. Featuring Farm-to-School Coordinator and dietician Ruth Blackburn from the five-county Food System Economic Partnership, local farmers Annie Elder and Paul Bantle of Community Farm of Ann Arbor, Chef Alex Young (chef and co-owner of Zingerman's Roadhouse), and UM research scientist Dr. Catherine Badgley.  Along with a big-picture description of how the food system currently works, the panelists will highlight ways in which our vibrant local food system sustains us and ways in which we can expand it. There will be time for discussion with the audience at the end of the presentations.

This panel discussion is a special collaboration between the Ann Arbor Public Library and Slow Food Huron Valley (SFHV).  It's free and a wonderful way to meet and hear from some of the most interesting voices and perspectives in our own community. 

Slow Food Huron Valley is organizing a series of events leading up to the HomeGrown Festival, a celebration of local, sustainable food and farms taking place in Kerrytown on Saturday, September 13, 2008.  For more information about and to get involved with the HomeGrown Festival email:

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