Kansas Rural Center’s Feeding Kansas Dinner & Dialogue Forums
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Join the Kansas Rural Center, along with local and regional partners, at one of our “Feeding Kansas Dinner & Dialogue” forums which will be held at six locations throughout the state this May and June. The forums will provide up-to-date information on state and local food systems and opportunities, within the broader context of state budget and revenue issues. Each forum will include a dinner featuring Kansas grown ingredients.
“Feeding Kansas Dinner & Dialogue” forums will be held in the following locations (Click each location for an agenda):
Hutchinson -Tuesday, May 17 – State Fair Grounds, Dillon Hall (Encampment Building)
Concordia – Wednesday, June 1 – Valley Venue
Colby – Thursday, June 2 – Prairie Museum, Garvey Education Room
Garden City – Thursday, June 16 – KSRE Southwest Research Extension Center
Ottawa – Monday, June 20 – Neosho County Community College, Auditorium
Iola – Tuesday, June 21 – Allen County Courthouse Square
The first five forums are free to attend. The final forum in Iola June 21 will be held in conjunction with the Allen County Farmers Market Fundraiser. A $12 donation per person for dinner is suggested at the event to help benefit the Allen County Farmers Market.
Each forum will be a little different but each will offer information and analysis about state budget and revenue concerns, and recent state legislation and its impact on local food systems and food access. Attendees will also learn about work being done on the local level to strengthen food systems and access to healthy food, and will have the opportunity to participate in dialogues on civic engagement, resources, ideas, and ways to work together to reach the common vision of a healthy, local food system.
“The budget situation in the state is impacting every aspect of Kansas policy. 2016 is a major election year in our state, and the information provided in these forums will be critical to ensuring that Kansas people’s voices are heard and interests are met by our policy-makers. There are two powers in democracy: money and people. We are working on mobilizing and empowering people, regardless of political affiliation,” says Natalie Fullerton, Program Director at the Kansas Rural Center.
KRC is in the third year of its “Community Food Solutions for a Healthier Kansas” initiative, which aims to improve economy, community, environment, and health in Kansas by advancing specific public policy solutions that better incorporate Kansas farms into the state’s healthy food supply chain.
As part of this initiative, KRC hosted a number of public events across the state during the past two years to gather the information and data that shaped the report titled: “Feeding Kansas: Statewide Farm & Food System Assessment with a Plan for Public Action.” Free copies of the report may be downloaded here: kansasruralcenter.org/feeding-kansas. This year, KRC will provide information and resources that will help Kansans better understand the food and farm policy environment in Kansas and what can be done to advocate for positive change.
KRC asks that participants RSVP ahead of time to ensure a meal. Specific meeting agendas and speakers are linked above.RSVP HERE!
Questions about this initiative or the upcoming “Feeding Kansas Dinner & Dialogue” forum series may be directed towards Natalie Fullerton, KRC Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 866-579-5469.