Feeding Southwest Kansas Summits to Feature Farm & Food Roundtables; RSVP Today!
Liberal, KS April 26
Seward County Community College Student Activities Center
Dodge City, KS April 27
High Plains Journal Communications Center
Noon to 5pm
Join the Kansas Rural Center (KRC) as they host two Feeding Southwest Kansas summits in Liberal and Dodge City this month. KRC invites Southwest Kansas farmers, community development and service leaders, food and farm advocates, local and state policy makers, extension, institutional food leaders, food business leaders, health leaders, and ag and health organizations. The purpose of each summit is to learn and share information about current challenges and opportunities around farming and food access in Southwest Kansas, and public action or policy supports needed.
Summits will be held in:
- Liberal, April 26 at the Seward County Community College Student Activities Center
- Dodge City, April 27 at the High Plains Journal Communications Center
A free lunch will be provided, from 12 pm to 1 pm with the round tables and dialogue following. The summits will end at 5 pm. To attend lunch please RSVP before April 24 at www.kansasruralcenter.org/FeedingSWKS.
Those who attend the summits will have the opportunity to dialogue about the current environment and opportunities around Kansas farms, food, and community health and to connect with others who share similar interests or concerns for their communities. Dialogue at the summits will help identify recommendations for a Southwest Kansas Farm and Food assessment.
These summits are part of the Kansas Rural Center’s three-year old “Community Food Solutions” initiative which aims to increase healthy foods access and consumption in Kansas, recognizing that in Kansas, our own farms are a critical part of the solution. Through this initiative, Kansans are empowered to take the lead in advancing new and identified public policy and actions that better incorporate the state’s farms and ranches into the supply chain thereby improving Kansas’s economy, community, environment, and health status. The first three years focused on overarching state levels needs and produced the report, “Feeding Kansas: Statewide Farm & Food System Assessment with a Plan for Public Action.”
Now in its fourth year, the initiative will work in Southwest Kansas as a first regional focus. Understanding that each region and community of Kansas is unique, KRC’s next step is to zoom in to identify the regional systemic barriers, opportunities and the public policy or public action supports needed to advance local food systems as a solution to making healthful foods the easy, affordable choice for Kansans.
KRC Program Manager, Natalie Fullerton states, “Southwest Kansas has a rich agricultural presence and diversity in the state and we look forward to learning and sharing people’s stories.”
To attend the summits, please RSVP below. There is no cost to attend. Each summit will kick off with a lunch.
For questions about his initiative or upcoming summits, contact Natalie Fullerton at firstname.lastname@example.org or (866) 579-5469.
The mission of KRC, founded in 1979, is to promote the long-term health of the land and its people through community-based research, education, and advocacy that advances an economically viable, ecologically sound, and socially just food and farming system in Kansas. For more information, visit www.kansasruralcenter.org.