Kansas Rural Center to Host Regional Town Hall in Wichita
Kansans are invited to attend the upcoming “Kansas Future of Farming & Food” town hall on Wednesday, July 10th, at the Studio School at 751 George Washington Blvd., Wichita, KS, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The town hall, hosted by the Kansas Rural Center, will feature a panel of experts on our food system and farming, climate and energy, and rural/urban community needs, and how we come together to address these.
Following the panel comments, attendees will have time to respond, ask questions, and share their experiences or opinions about the issues addressed to help identify what is needed to advance opportunities in their communities and/or the region.
Panelists at the Wichita meeting will include Rachel Myslivy, Assistant Director of the Climate and Energy Project, Jeremy Cowan, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Food Production Systems at K-State, and Linda Pechin-Long, Graze The Prairie, Holistic Management, from Latham . Stu Shafer, Director, Sustainable Agriculture Program, Johnson County Community College, will lead the panel and community discussion.
A complimentary dinner featuring locally sourced ingredients from Chef Carlos Vera of Wichita Local Eats will be available starting at 5:30 pm with the program starting at 6 p.m. Registration is required in order to ensure an accurate count for dinner. Please register no later than Friday, July 5th at https://kansasruralcenter.org/2019townhalls. Contact Caryl Hale, KRC Field Coordinator, if you have questions, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 866-579-5469.
The Town Hall offers an opportunity to share information and enable community dialogue on the vision for the future we want and how we get there. The discussion will include issues critical to Kansas ranging from the impacts of weather extremes and a changing climate on our food system and farming, population loss (especially of young people) and how to bring people back, and present and future economic and community opportunities.
This will be one of five “Future of Farming and Food” Town Halls to be held across the state this summer. Upcoming “Kansas Future of Farming & Food” Town Halls will be in Garden City, Tuesday, July 30th; St. Francis, Wednesday, July 31st; and Kansas City, date to be announced.
Partial support for this project is provided through the Kansas Town Hall program, a partnership between Humanities Kansas and the Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum that encourages citizens to discuss public policy issues facing Kansas today.
These town hall are part of KRC’s “Community Food Solutions for a Healthier Kansas” initiative and Integrated Voter Engagement project, which aims to improve the economy, community, environment, and health in Kansas by strengthening civic engagement and public policy support that better incorporate Kansas farms and communities into the state’s healthy food supply chain.
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 kansasruralcenter.org.