The Value of Local Food: Community, Culture and Commerce
January 27, 2017 @ The 1912 Center, Moscow, ID
The 2017 Food Summit, themed The Value of Local Food: Community, Culture and Commerce, highlighted local food businesses, connected participants with foods that are available locally, discussed gaps in our food system and how to increase local food access for underserved populations, and provided time for action-oriented planning and networking. Presentations were interspersed with art and entertainment.
Keynote speaker, Dr. Steven VanAusdle, President Emeritus of Walla Walla Community College, honored recipient of the WSU Alumni Achievement Award, and United States White House Appointed Champion of Change spoke on “Creating a Culinary Culture: The Walla Walla Story.” Dr. VanAusdle has been a pioneer for fostering a culture of innovation and entrepreneurism on college campuses and within the communities they serve.
Our second keynote, Assistant Professor Steve Peterson from the University of Idaho College of Business and Economics, presented his research findings on the economic impact of the Moscow Farmers Market.
Tiffany Midge, the City of Moscow’s Poet Laureate, recited poetry thematic of this year’s Summit. Seventh graders from Moscow’s Palouse Prairie Charter School shared a Haiku-inspired reflection on the Value of Local Food.
The event included a documentary team for Food StoryCorps, and conference participants were invited to audio-record memories and personal stories about their connection with food. Selected stories will be uploaded to the Palouse-Clearwater Food Coalition’s StoryCorps Community page and archived through the American Folklife Center, the U.S. Library of Congress and the Latah County Historical Society. Additional opportunities for participating in Food StoryCorps will happen throughout 2017 (watch the PCFC website and Facebook page for dates & locations).
The Palouse-Clearwater Food Summit is made possible by: the Palouse-Clearwater Food Coalition, University of Idaho Extension, AmeriCorps Vista, WSU Center for Civic Engagement, Backyard Harvest, Western Center for Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education, PNW Farmers Co-op, The Moscow Food Co-op, Rural Roots, Southeast Washington Economic Development Association, Avista and numerous community members and volunteers.