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Local Foods, Local Places Workshop to be hosted in Ukiah on June 28-29

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

North Coast Opportunities, the Mendocino Food Policy Council, and the City of Ukiah are hosting a two-day community workshop on the topic of local food and its potential for strengthening our local economy, supporting healthier people and neighborhoods, and revitalizing our downtown. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), US Department of Transportation (DOT), US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), and Delta Regional Authority (DRA) have selected Ukiah for the Local Foods, Local Places technical assistance program, which will result in an action plan for strengthening our local food economy.

A team of these agency partners and their consultants will join local stakeholders to conduct a workshop in Ukiah on June 28 and 29. Your participation and knowledge of the local area is needed to help make this event a success. The workshop will bring together many key stakeholders from throughout our region to develop an action plan primarily around, but not limited to, these goal areas:

The workshop will include presentations on community livability and the roles that local foods play in supporting it, plus small group working sessions and discussions on specific actions that the community can take to reach these goals. The workshop will lay out an action plan for moving forward.

Who: Stakeholders and community leaders such as local residents and elected officials, along with representatives of EPA, USDA, DRA and contractors from Renaissance Planning.

What: Discussions on local foods and community livability, group work sessions, and networking that will result in a Next Steps Action Plan.

Day 1 Evening Session: Wednesday, June 28 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM at the Alex Rorabaugh Center Conference Room, 1640 South State St, Ukiah. Light refreshment provided.

Day 2 Action Planning Work Sessions: Thursday, June 29 from 9:00 AM to noon and 1:00 to 4:00 PM at the Community Foundation, 204 South Oak St, Ukiah. Lunch provided.

For more information or to RSVP for the workshop, please contact: Eva King,, 860-670-7089.

Your expertise, experience, and enthusiasm for the community and region will help make the workshop a success. We look forward to seeing you there.

Ukiah Local Foods, Local Places Steering Committee: