Day 10: A Good Day for Galoshes

Rain trickling off the rooftop of the meeting barn.

Rain trickling off the rooftop of the meeting barn.

Phewie, it’s raining cats and dogs in Charlottesville today! It’s actually quite a lovely day to be inside, listening to the rain on the rooftop of the meeting barn. Luckily we have planned a full morning of great (indoor) presentations on sustainable food systems and accessibility to healthy, local foods.

Today, both classes will listen to four special presentations by women and men involved in the local food movement around the greater DC/VA/MD areas.

Today's MSI speakers: (from left to right) James Wallace,

Today’s MSI speakers: (from left to right) James Wallace, Karen Atkinson, Kathi Colen Peck, and Leanne Du Bois.

First up is James Wallace, who will be speaking on food desserts, access to healthy food, and community health in Richmond, Virginia.

Next, we are joined by Leanne Du Bois, who works for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS). VDACS strives to promote the economic viability of agriculture and farming in Virginia. Leanne works in promotions and marketing for, among other organizations, farmers markets and the seafood industry in Virginia. Leanne is also the Virginia Farm-to-School Program Coordinator.

Third to speak is Kathi Colen Peck, from the Farmers Market Managers Association.

Finally, we will hear from Karen Atkinson, founder and director of FeedRVA and GrowRVA in Richmond.

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