Farm to Fork Summit Coming to Colby

Registration is still open for the Kansas Rural Center’s Farm to Fork Summit, coming to the Colby community building from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. this Wednesday.

Chris Sramek, co-founder of the High Plains Food Co-op, an online food purchasing cooperative that sources from Kansas farms, will speak at the meeting. Sramek will share his experience and insight into the development of the cooperative, including challenges and future opportunities.

A panel of Kansas farmers, health professionals, extension workers, food retail businesses and other community experts will share their experiences, too, telling the story of the regional food system and community health and setting the stage for discussions about region-specific challenges.

Afternoon sessions will encourage discussion and feedback of specific policy items. The Kansas Rural Center will incorporate these items into a statewide plan to provide information to citizens and policymakers about the status of the state’s farming and food system, along with a discussion of problems the food system experiences.

The meeting is part of the center’s Community Food Solutions Initiative, made possible by a grant from the Kansas Health Foundation. The center works to develop policy priorities to shape the future of Kansas food and farming designed to expand access to healthy, fresh Kansas-raised food. For more information, contact Natalie Fullerton at (402) 310-0177.


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