Local Food Experts Gather to Talk ‘Farm to Table’ - Humboldt State Now

Local Food Experts Gather to Talk ‘Farm to Table’

From organic produce to specialty foods, the North Coast region is known for its focus on locally produced products. But how accessible and sustainable is healthy food in Humboldt County? Experts will gather at HSU for a daylong symposium to probe these questions and look at how food systems affect local citizens.

Humboldt State University hosts the Humboldt Food Policy Council’s Food Summit 2016 on Saturday, February 27, in the Kate Buchanan Room (download a campus map here). The event is open to the public, and registration is available online at foodsummit2016.org.

“We’re focusing regionally on what a healthy food system looks like. We want to gather to ask what makes a food system sustainable, and think about how can we make sure we are working towards that. The ultimate goal is making sure everyone in this region has access to healthy food and the resources for creating best business practices,” says May Patiño, one of the summit’s organizers and an HSU Anthropology graduate student.

According to the Humboldt Food Policy Council, a food system encompasses all the activities that take place from farm production to consumption to waste management—in other words, “farm to table” and beyond. The availability, cost, transport miles, quality of food and waste diversion are all linked to these processes, which have far-reaching impacts.

Best-selling author and educator Anna Lappé, who has written extensively on food systems at the national level, delivers the summit’s keynote address at 9:45 a.m. Lappé is the author of multiple books on sustainable food systems and has been featured in The New York Times, Gourmet, O magazine, and more. Her most recent book is Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It.

A wide range of non-profit organizations and food-focused organizations will host breakout sessions at the summit. They include:

Fueling the day’s activities is a farm to table lunch served by the North Coast Co-op, featuring local greens, grain salads, protein options, and more. Vegan and gluten-free options will be available. A Zero-Waste Certified event, participants are encouraged to bring their own clean containers to take home leftovers.

The Humboldt Food Policy Council is hosted by the California Center for Rural Policy (CCRP). The council is a network of food systems stakeholders, including grocers, farmers, public health, hospitals, economic developers, local food advocates, planners, food pantries, elected officials, and consumers.

To register and for more information, visit foodsummit2016.org, or contact Barbara Browning with CCRP at Barbara.Browning@humboldt.edu. Space is limited and registration must be completed by Sunday, Feb. 21. A $10 donation is suggested.

Persons who wish to request disability-related accommodations should contact the CCRP at (707) 826.3409 or ccrp@humboldt.edu.