As posted in Litchfield.bz - 01-31-16, The first-ever Litchfield Hills Farmers Forum was held at Wamogo Regional High School on Saturday. More than 100 attendees, most of them farmers from northwest Connecticut, came to learn more about issues facing farmers and producers.
The event was hosted by The Farmer’s Table, a program of the non-profit Partners for Sustainable Healthy Communities. For the past five years the annual Farmer’s Table dinners have been held throughout northwest Connecticut to raise funds to support regional farmers. Local producers began to identify multiple areas of concern and topics of interest. Saturday’s event was a chance for area farmers and producers to attend breakout sessions specifically targeted to them.
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Original article by John McKenna. Excerpt below:
The concept of a regional food hub serving Northwest Connecticut was the focus of a meeting involving local food producers and buyers Monday.
Elected officials and members of the public also attended the meeting at the Wamogo Regional High School agriculture science and technology center.
The gathering discussed an online survey of buyers and growers that is being circulated by he Northwest Hills Council of Elected Officials in partnership with the non-profit Sustainable Healthy Communities.
Bill Burgess, President of SHC, said a regional food hub would give producers easier access to buyers and would ensure that buyers have access to high-quality and fairly priced products.
The Northwest Hills Council of Governments and Partners for Sustainable Healthy Communities, with financial support from the CT Department of Agriculture, are exploring the development of a regional food hub as a way of supporting local farms and connecting them to new and expanded sales channels.