Upcoming local foods event in Columbia

Just a quick notice for all local readers: the Columbia Farmers Market is organizing and hosting a really neat event for Saturday, April 4, 2009. It’s envisioned as a community event in which farmers, consumers, gardeners, cooks, and more can all meet and learn from one another. From the official notice:

The Spring Round Up Community Day will bring together local farmers, community members, gardeners, cooks, and all who enjoy fresh, local food. The afternoon event will feature speakers and workshops on diverse topics connected to food, agriculture, cooking, gardening, and home preservation of fresh foods. Local farmers will have booths at which customers and community members can stop to talk, ask questions, learn about the farms, and build relationships in a more relaxed setting than the farmers market. Come join us to learn about and take part in your local food supply!

The keynote speaker sounds especially worthwhile. We’ll be hosting him on-farm during his stay in Columbia, and find his background and accomplishments related to local foods in Iowa quite inspiring:

Kamyar Enshayan, Ph.D., is the Director of University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy and Environmental Education as well as for the regional Buy Fresh, Buy Local initiative, which strives to connect people, restaurants, and stores with local farmers and processors. The winner of the 2008 Sustainable Agricultural Achievement Award from Practical Farmers of Iowa, Kamyar has been recognized for his influential work in local foods and local communities. Enshayan also teaches environmental education classes at University of Northern Iowa, is program manager for Yards for Kids, and is a city council member for Cedar Falls.

I think he’ll really enjoy being hosted and fed by a real farm rather than the typical hotel and brunch, and we’re looking forward to his presence and talk.

In any case, read about the whole event here, and spread the word to everyone you know. Let’s make this event a really useful and worthwhile day. It’s a good, positive initiative in a food world going slowly mad.

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