KRC Plans Local Food Activities for Spring 2013
The Kansas Rural Center is involved in several upcoming local food project activities:
On Feb. 11, the Rural Grocery Initiative, in which KRC is a partner with KSU’s Center for Community Engagement and Development, will be hosting a distribution meeting in Manhattan. Invitation-only guests will include representatives from the major distribution companies serving groceries in Kansas, along with other stakeholders such as grocery owners, lending agencies, and related NGO representatives. The goal is to “drill down” on the distribution issues that are limiting Kansans’ access to food through viable groceries, identify solutions, and bring people who could be key to implementing those solutions, such as lenders, into the discussion. We are looking forward to seeing what new opportunities arise from this important event.
Later in February, KRC’s Cole Cottin will be working with the Douglas County Food Policy Council to lead a Food Hub informational and development meeting, to kick-off the DCFPC’s goal this year of starting a food hub in Douglas County. KRC and the Council see a food hub as the next-step goal in northeast Kansas, for further connection of local farms with food markets. For more information, a recent story in the Lawrence Journal-World: http://www2.
Later this spring, also as part of the Rural Grocery Initiative, KRC coordinators Cole Cottin and Natalie Fullerton will be leading “FEAST” community organizing events in the rural grocery “case study” communities of Minneola, Smith Center, Cuba, and Sedan, Kansas. These events follow-up on the great success of last year’s Brown County “FEAST” inaugural event in Kansas, led by Cottin along with Brown County organizers and KSU personnel. FEAST stands for “Food – Education – Agriculture – Solutions – Together” and was developed by the Oregon Food Bank. KRC staff received FEAST leadership training last year through the Rural Grocery Initiative, from Sharon Thornberry, director of the OFB.
For more information on these and other KRC activities and events, please visit KansasrRuralCenter.org, find us at Facebook.com/