4/24/14 Allison Czapp on “The Local Food Economy”

This presentation will review findings of the recently published Assessment Report: Lehigh Valley Local Food Economy, which identifies both challenges and opportunities related to our local food system. Topics such as the loss of farms and farmland, fresh food access issues, and food waste will be presented. The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission expects another 146,000 people to move to the Lehigh Valley over the next 20 years. How will this affect our ability to feed ourselves? Various strategies to protect and improve our local food economy will be discussed.

Allison Czapp, Outreach Coordinator, Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter Buy Fresh Buy Local, is currently finishing her Master’s degree in Anthropology with a minor focus in Food Studies (New Mexico State University). Her thesis research, which involved examining the motivations and challenges facing beginning farmers, along with her roles promoting BFBL-GLV’s local farm partners and managing the Bath Farmers’ Market, has given Allison the opportunity to work with many Lehigh Valley farmers.

On the flip side, Allison has partnered with several organizations to improve food access in low-income communities, such as assisting with a community food assessment in the New Mexican colonias of Vado and Del Cerro, managing a Farm Share program in South Side Bethlehem, and presenting BFBL-GLV’s Farm to School program in several urban school districts.

This Earth Day mindful presentation is the April quarterly meeting
of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of The Weston A. Price Foundation:

April 24, 2014 – Thursday – 7 pm at the United Steelworkers Hall
53 E. Lehigh St, Bethlehem (you enter the big parking lot from Center St
at the equivalent of 316 Center St using Google maps or Mapquest)
just north of the New Street/Fahy Bridge.

Local producers may bring grass-fed / organic / biodynamic products for sampling or sale – check out their tables before & after the presentation (doors open at 6:30pm) – and bring your coolers! <> Books & Videos will be available. Free Admission (donations invited). On-site parking.