The Direct Marketing & Local Foods Team met on November 10, 2009. The notes from this meeting can be found on the Team Page on this website. We are planning to hold a number of great programs this coming year, keep you eyes on this blog for details as we go along.
October 21st – Adirondack Harvest & Paul Smith’s College hosted the “Food, Agriculture and the North Country Economy”. Local farming, food service and environmental experts gathered at Paul Smith’s College to discuss and explore how local farms can help the Adirondack economy. Local foods lunch will be served. Among the presenters at this one day conference were Dr. Richard Nelson, Provost Paul Smith’s College, Martha Pickard, Adirondack North Country Association; Mike Farrell, Cornell’s Uihlein Maple Research Station in Lake Placid; Bernadette Logozar, Cornell Cooperative Extension Franklin County, David & Cynthia Johnston, DaCy Meadow Farm; and, Brian Houseal of the Adirondack Council.
Below are power point presentations of some of the presenters at this conference.
Scenic powerpoint that accompanied Bernadette’s Talk
Article written on presentation made by Bernadette Logozar is below
Other Happenings in October: I was able to take part in a one-day workshop held at Cornell on Food Shed and Food Print work that is being done by Cornell. So what is foodshed? Straight from the website it is:
What is a “foodshed”?
Though it may be unfamiliar, the term “foodshed” was used almost 80 years ago in a book entitled How Great Cities Are Fed (Hedden, 1929) to describe the flow of food from producer to consumer. Seven decades later, the term was used to describe a food system that connected local producers with local consumers (Kloppenburg et al., 1996). In this project, the general definition of a foodshed is a geographic area that supplies a population center with food. However, the Mapping Local Food Systems Project focused specifically on potential local foodsheds, areas of nearby land that could theoretically provide part or all of a city’s food needs (Peters, 2007).
To find out more visit: Local Foodshed Mapping Tool site
It is some really interesting info, and I would encourage you to check it out.
Until Next Time
NNY Regional Local Foods Specialist