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Opening a dialogue about the South Sound food system; conference slated for this Thursday

Post by C.R. Roberts / The News Tribune on Jan. 14, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
January 14, 2013 1:22 pm

A coalition of crusaders concerned about the food we eat will meet Jan. 17 at the University of Puget Sound.

The sponsor, Healthy Communities of Pierce County, will host the South Sound Food Summit to Generate Positive Change for Local Food Practices beginning at 8 a.m. The meeting will extend through the afternoon.

The conference, according to a release, “is dedicated to improving the South Sound food system by increasing community awareness, building connections between farmers and buyers and engaging with key stakeholders in a positive discussion around the policies that impact the food system.”

Speakers will include Janie Morris, executive director of Tacoma Farmer’s Market; Ryan Mello, Tacoma City Council member; Lucy Norris, director of marketing at Northwest Ag Business Center; and Esperanza Pallana, coordinator of the Oakland Food Policy Council.

Topics covered will include sustainable food systems, current issues influencing the South Sound food system, building a regional food hub and food security.

The charge for general admission will be $49, and $25 for farmers and students. For more information, contact Lynn Edwards, event manager, at 253-405-7910 or at To register, visit

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