Saturday, November 14, 2009

Superior Grown Food Summit discusses our role in what we eat

Caption: Rick Dale spoke about his experience as a blueberry farmer near Bayfield Wisconsin. He owns Highland Valley Farm, Bayfield, WI. Website:

Today I attended the Superior Grown Food Summit. The topic was food security and how we might do that with locally grown foods. I truly believe in consuming locally grown foods. I try to do that and also try to eat organic foods. Last summer we had a community garden. It was interesting for me to listen to the people who wanted to get into farming, as what I would say is a small-time farmer, not a huge mega farm, because many of my relatives left the farm. Farming is very hard work.

I stayed until 2 p.m. I took lots of notes, but I am getting tired now. I hope to post something more about this event.

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Caption: The keynote speaker was Darrin Nordahl. He talked about growing food in public spaces like boulevards and landscaping around parking lots. This photo shows graphs of the obesity epidemic in the United States since 1990. Some states have a good size of their population at over 40 pounds overweight. He is the author of
Public Produce: Building a New Urban Agriculture. He currently works at the Design Center Davenport, IA

Here is a list of the guest speakers along with weblinks.

The Lure of the Local: What's Happening in the Local Foods Movement and Why?" (30 min.)
Maggie Adamek, Executive Vice President, Fourth Sector Consulting

A Locally Adapted Food System Assessment (30 min.)
David Abazs, David Syring, and Stacey Stark, University of Minnesota, Duluth

11:00am-12:15pm: Panel II: Building Blocks for Locally Adapted Food Systems

Family Farms and Locally Adapted Food Systems (30 min.)
Rick Dale, Highland Valley Farm, Bayfield, WI

Integrated Farming Systems for Adding Value: The Case of Free Range Poultry (30 min.)
Reginaldo (Regi) Haslett-Marroquin, Rural Enterprise Institute, SE MN

12:30-2:00pm: Keynote Speaker during Lunch
Public Produce: Building a New Urban Agriculture
Darrin Nordahl, Design Center, Davenport, IA

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