It's time to start talking about and tweeting and Instagraming and registering for our Fall Gathering on September 20. Will you join us?
The Bay Area is growing and the need to create sustainable and healthy communities is only increasing. How can we protect farmland, serve local food and provide food security? What role does farmland have in regional plans like the Sustainable Communities Strategy? And what are the opportunities for partnership and funding?
Our Fall Gathering on September 20 from 10am-1pm will address these questions with a focus on Santa Clara, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties. In this part of the region, there are many efforts already underway to support local farms and connect people of all kinds to where their food comes from. Speakers include:
- Melissa Hippard, Greenbelt Alliance
- Kathryn Lyddan, Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust, moderator
- Andrea Mackenzie, Santa Clara County Open Space Authority
- Kellyx Nelson, San Mateo Resources Conservation District
- Jennifer Scheer, Santa Clara County Farm Bureau
Come with us as we head to the San Pedro Square Market in downtown San Jose for a conversation about sustainable agriculture and the people making it happen. The program will be held from 10am-12pm. Lunch will be served immediately following and there will be lots of time for networking.
Do you eat locally? Know local farms? Shop at farmers' markets? Share pictures of what local food means to you via Instagram (@bayareaopenspace) and Twitter (@BA_OpenSpace) with #ieatlocal between now and September 20. We'll post photos here on this blog as well as share them at the Gathering. Extra bonus points for any picture that makes our mouths water.