(Posted July 1, 2010)
The Heart of Ohio Resource Conservation & Development Council is sponsoring a series of "Foodshed Connection" events. The next one, "A Global View of Local Food," will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon July 10 in conjunction with the 2010 kickoff of the London Farmers Market.
Brian Williams of the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission will give an overview of how the region is doing when it comes to access to local food.
Other speakers include: Julia Cumming of the Madison Soil and Water Conservation District; Charley Gregg, manager of London Farmers Market; Elisha Fisher of Old Farmstead Goat Milk Products; Matt Furbee of Patchwork Farm; and Heart of Ohio RC&D Council member and Madison County Commissioner David Dhume. Among the topics is funding opportunities for farmers.
The morning also will include contests, giveaways, time for questions and answers, and networking. Lifecare Alliance will promote their nutrition program for seniors.
This event is free and supported in part by funding from the Natural Resources Conservation Service and USDA Farm Service Agency. For more information on Foodshed Connection events, call Traci Aquara, (740) 368-5979, ext. 112, or visit www.heartofohiorcd.org.
The London Farmers Market is located on Lafayette Street near Keny Boulevard and is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through early October. All products are made or grown by Madison County residents in Madison County. Vendors are welcome any time. The cost to set up is $10 per week or $50 for the year. Call Diane Furbee at (740) 852-9235 for details.
• Farm market vouchers for seniors
Coupon distribution for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program will take place at 9 a.m. July 10 at the London Farmers Market on Lafayette Street (in front of the Health Department).
Coupons are available on a first come, first served basis. After all coupons are distributed, organizers will continue to take completed applications and create a waiting list in case additional funds become available during the summer.
Participants must be least 60 years old with an annual income of $20,035 or less.
Participants will receive 10 coupons worth $5 each ($50 total) that can be used at participating farm markets and roadside stands throughout central Ohio, including the London Farmers Market. Participants will receive a list of these locations and times when they receive their coupons. Coupons must be used by Oct. 31, 2010 and contain expiration dates.
Applicants may complete the application ahead of time and bring it to the London Farmers Market on July 10, or they will be given an application to complete upon arrival at the Farmers Market. Applications can be obtained at www.lifecarealliance.org or by calling (800) 589-7277.
Older adults who are unable to visit the London Farmers Market on July 10 may complete and sign an application ahead of time and designate on the application someone authorized to act as proxy. The proxy may then come to the farmers market with the completed, signed application and pick up coupons for the older adult. One person may only be a proxy for up to two older adults.
Funding for this program comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Department of Aging. The program is administered in Central Ohio by LifeCare Alliance and the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging.
For more information, contact the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging at (800) 589-7277.