University of Missouri Extension will host an interactive workshop focused on growing local food systems and building the road to marketing local foods.
The program will be offered at Howell County MU Extension office in West Plains from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Dec. 4. The necessary pre-register can be made by calling the Howell County Extension office. There will be a fee of $10 to help cover the cost of lunch.
Dr. Mary Hendrickson, Food Circles Networking Project director for MU Extension, will share her research about the benefits, challenges, and opportunities emerging in local food networks. Also presenting from MU Extension will be Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist, and Dr. Van Ayers and Tish Johnson, community development specialists.
"This is an opportunity for growers and producers to connect with University of Missouri specialists who offer their expertise. These specialists can also discuss the steps that need to be taken to foster the further development of a localized food system," said Dr. Amy Patillo, community development specialist with MU Extension in Howell County.
According to Patillo, on farm local food systems are generating jobs and strengthening economies statewide.
"It is time we redefine local foods in our community. Join us as we learn about connecting with customers around local foods," said Patillo.
For more information contact Dr. Amy Patillo at the Howell County Extension Office, telephone (417) 256-2391 or online at http://extension.missouri.edu/howell.