Upcoming Local Food Panel next Wednesday

All are invited to this upcoming event -- read on for details.

The Logistics of Local
Wednesday, March 2nd, 7pm
Jefferson Scholars Foundation Hall, 112 Clarke Court, Charlottesville VA

If you’ve ever wondered just how local food procurement actually works in an institutional setting, this panel is not to be missed. The evening will kick off with a brief (30 minute) but inspiring documentary called Nourish, focused on the ways that we as eaters can all learn the story behind our food, and, as a result, more deeply connect to our environment, our personal health, and our communities. Three panelists will be on hand after the short film to discuss these community and health connections in light of their role in UVa Dining’s large scale local food supply chain. Jamie Barrett, farm manager of Bellair Farm and partner producer with the Local Food Hub, Alan Moore, Local Food Hub Operations and Sales Manager, and Bryan Kelly, UVa Dining Executive Chef, will all speak to the field to truck to chef’s knife journey that locally grown food makes before it reaches the plates of hungry university students. Locally produced refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

I was lucky enough to get out to Bellair Farm last week -- on a 70-degree day in February, no less -- to meet Jamie and get a tour of the incredible 900-acre property. The farm, originally owned by a contemporary of Jefferson's (apparently they knew each other), has been in cultivation since America was a fledgling nation, but only very recently has the owner decided to venture into sustainable production. I'm excited to learn more about Bellair's methods, along with learning about more of the logistical details that Alan and chef Bryan will have to share. Hope to see you next Wednesday!

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