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Sustainable Ag Lecture Series, Winter 2012

Each term, the Center for Sustainability hosts a free public lecture and/or event highlighting topics in sustainable agriculture, food or resource management.

Demystifying Regional Food Systems

A New Look at an Evolving Trend in Farming and Food

Tuesday, March 6
6:00 p.m.
The Monday Club
1815 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo

Joseph McIntyr Joseph McIntyre, President of Ag Innovations Network, presented a lecture entitled, "Demystifying Regional Food Systems: A New Look at an Evolving Trend in Farming and Food", followed by a discussion with panelists:

  • Jackie Crabb, Executive Director of the San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau
  • Carl Hansen, Executive Director of the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County
  • Kathleen Karle, Division Manager for Health Promotion, San Luis Obispo County Health Department
  • Ann McDermott, Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Director of STRIDE at Cal Poly
  • Jenna Smith, Executive Director of the Central Coast Ag Network

Mr. McIntyre's lecture identified key concepts useful in understanding food systems. The presentation was of interest to the general public and food system professionals alike. In considering recent trends, Mr. McIntyre explored what consumers are saying through their interest in local foods. He also explored how high-margin direct and/or regional markets can benefit producers and contribute to the viability of the agricultural sector and overall regional economic development.

AIN The panel discussion following the lecture highlighted activities seeking to promote local agriculture on the Central Coast. These included new initiatives, such as a local foodshed assessment being led by the Central Coast Ag Network, and a Food Systems Coalition of San Luis Obispo County, which was formed through a Hunger-Free Communities grant from the USDA. Panelists discussed the roles of their organizations in our food system and offered their perspectives on how newly-emerging community partnerships are contributing to the long-term vitality of our region's food and agricultural system.

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