FRESH! Food Forum fantastic!
mary jane ahrendes
WOW! What a fantastic FRESH! Food Forum we had a week ago. We started out with 5 essays presented by students from both Whittier and West Elementary, who wrote about their feels on composting and gardening. Really set the tone for the day - it's with our kids that our future lies, and the ideas and feeling they presented were solid and passionate. They were followed by the movie, Fresh, which is so well done.
Our panelists, Traci Hronek (Pea Pods Neighborhood Garden), Gayle Gifford (Great Falls Community Food Bank), Jona McNamee (MSU Extension Office), Dylan Pederson (2 J's Fresh Market), and Eric Bergman (Groundworks Fram) gave us all great information and the breakouts that followed started us solidly on our path to further work in the area - both in Community Gardens and in connecting growers with buyers. Farm to School is our ultimate goal - getting the kids fed fresh good food.
Scheduled another showing of Fresh at the Great Falls Public Library on Thursday, April 21st - hope to have some new folks there and some seeing it for the 2nd time. It takes a while to change thought forms, so the more information we can get out, the better. One day soon, we'll hit the tipping point and none of us will have to work at it anymore - feeding our kids good food will be automatic. We wait for the day.......