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Piedmont Virginia Community College To Host Local Food Panel

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Buy fresh, buy local -- it's a trend that has gained a lot of popularity in the area and now the public has the chance to weigh-in on Charlottesville's local food scene.

Piedmont Virginia Community College is hosting a panel discussion on growing local food for local farmers and wholesale food buyers.

"Cultivating Community: A Dialogue of Farms, Health and Food," is sponsored by the Ballyshannon Fund Forum, an occasional lecture series at PVCC.

The discussion focuses on the renewed interest in farming, the ecological impact of farming, the business side of farming, as well as nutrition and strengthening local food networks.

Organizers say they'll explore deep-rooted traditions and new innovations that are transforming the industry.

"Charlottesville and this area are kind of trend setters in the nation for what we're doing with local food, and the rebirth of local farms and small sustainable farms and the excitement of the community to get that food into grocery stores and schools and hospitals," said Kate
Collier, the owner of Feast! And a Local Food Hub board member.

Panelists include farm owners, farmers, and wholesale food buyers, as well as representatives from the Local Food Hub.

The moderator is Christine Muehlman Gyovai, an associate at the Institute for Environmental Negotiation at the University of Virginia and an instructor with the Blue Ridge Permaculture Network.

The event takes place Thursday 7:30 p.m. at PVCC's V. Earl Dickinson Building. It's free and open to the public.

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