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Monthly "Local Food Roundtables" begin October 6

What are the most important things we can do to strengthen Bainbridge Island’s food system, and how do we get them done? Local food producers, restaurants and food retailers, and the food-consuming public are all invited to help answer those questions in a series of Local Food Roundtables co-sponsored by the Bainbridge Island Grange and Sound Food. Each session will focus on a specific aspect of the food system, with the goal of sharing information, developing priorities, and identifying people willing to take action on those priorities.
 
The first session will be held Thursday evening, October 6, at the Bainbridge Island Grange Hall. The topic will be our regional food system. Former Bainbridge Island mayor Dwight Sutton, a member of the Puget Sound Regional Food Policy Council, will kick off the session by updating us on what the RFPC is working on, specifically as it relates to Bainbridge Island. After his remarks, there will be a general discussion of our regional food system, where Bainbridge fits, and what can be done to strengthen our influence on and contribution to these efforts.
 
Local Food Roundtables is a new program of Sound Food, an initiative of Sustainable Bainbridge, and is co-sponsored by the Bainbridge Island Grange. Future sessions will focus on each of these aspects of our local food system:
  •             Production (land availability, community gardens, land sharing, etc.)
  •             Processing (community kitchens, meat processing, Cottage Food Law)
  •             Distribution (retail, schools, wholesale)
  •             Consumption (marketing, cooking classes, etc.)
  •             Waste (composting, gleaning, etc.)
Each roundtable will open with a speaker with expertise in that area, and then move on to a work session. Local Food Roundtables will be held on the first Thursday of each month, from 7 – 9 pm, at the Bainbridge Grange Hall, 10340 Madison Avenue N. Stakeholders from many different groups have been invited to participate (producers as well as representatives from local government, schools, retailers, restaurants, and social service groups). The general public is also encouraged to attend.

LOCAL FOOD ROUNDTABLE: OUR REGIONAL FOOD SYSTEM
Thursday, October 6, 2011
7 – 9 p.m. Bainbridge Island Grange Hall
10340 Madison Avenue N.

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