Growing a Healthy Community (Ashland, KY)

This year, Rolling Hills Folk Center in collaboration with Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital and Ashland Community and Technical College will be hosting a free community event to bring farmers, schools, and community members together. Our focus is on growing a healthy community by creating Farm to School programs in the region and providing an educational resource for sustainably growing and producing your own fresh food.

Childcare provided for those who pre-register.

Tentative Schedule:

8:30 Registration
9:00 Opening Words – Tim Mayer – Community Farm Alliance – Frankfort, KY
9:35 – 10:45 Session I Kentucky Farm to School Program Overview Tina Garland – Kentucky Department of Agriculture – Farm to School Coordinator – Frankfort, KY
Building Relationships, Eating Local Farmer John Ruggles – Rolling R Farms – Olive Hill, KY Chef/Restaurateur – Jason Platt – A La Carte Catering & Restaurant
10:50 – 12:00 Session II Action for Healthy Kids John Cain – Co-State Coordinator – Buckhorn, KY Chris Crum – Local Coordinator/Greenup County Health Dept. Director
Integrating Farm to School into the Curriculum Angelique Perez – Food Literacy Project at Oxmoor Farm – Louisville, KY
12:00 – 1:00 Locavore Lunch provided by A La Carte Catering
1:05 – 2:15 Session III
Movie Screening: Two Angry Moms (2008)
A Holistic Approach to Civic Health – Jennifer Williams – Huntington Community Gardens – Huntington, WV
2:30 – 3:30 Keynote Speaker – The Economics of a Local Food System – Leslie Schaller – Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACENET) – Athens, OH

This is a FREE conference that includes a locavore lunch:

lo·ca·vore \ˈlō-kə-ˌvȯr\ noun.
: one who eats foods grown locally whenever possible

To ensure that your meal meats your dietary needs, please register by July 15th.

To register send your Full Name, Location, and number attending to

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