Mighty oaks from little acorns grow…
Building on a series of community meetings and many conversations over the last couple of years, a group of community members met on Friday, January 27, 2017 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Plymouth to form the Marshall County Food Council. Pictured below are some of the attendees representing Ancilla College, Argos Community Schools, Culver Academies, the Marshall County Neighborhood Center, the Marshall County Community Foundation, the Purdue Extension program, County Line Products (a local produce grower), the Plymouth Farmers Market, and the Culver Farmers Market.
While they take many shapes and forms, at its core a food council is an organization which connects food system stakeholders — growers, producers, consumers, distributors, and other interested people and organizations. Food councils encourage ideas and advance initiatives to grow a sustainable food system that improves the health and well being of the community. A number of such councils are springing up around Indiana, each with a focus on its own particular geographic area. With the support of the Purdue Extension program and the Marshall County Community Foundation, we believe our initiative is off on the right foot!
We are at the very beginning stages of our effort. We still need to take such basic steps as to craft a vision and mission. This council is a group of “doers not talkers.” This orientation to action is evidenced by our meeting on the 27th whose purpose was to connect local producers and growers with larger local buyers. A number of new, productive relations were established and we hope to build on this initial success moving forward.
Our Council agreed to meet bimonthly on the last Friday of the month @ 3pm and welcomes all interested parties. For more information please contact Sandy Read at the Purdue Extension office, email@example.com or Chris Kline at Culver Academies, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following our meeting, a number of us from Culver Academies visited the Oberholtzer farm (County Line Products mentioned above). Take a look at these lucious greens from the Oberholtzer’s greenhouse. Who says you can’t grow lettuce in northern Indiana in January!