Eco Meet CLE - Our Local Food System

ECO SPEAKS CLE

Nov 7 2023 • 49 mins

In this episode, we bring you the conversation from Eco Meet CLE,  a sustainability event held this October at Great Lakes Brewing Company. The theme of the evening was local food. Over 100 people joined us for food, beer, and a conversation about our local food system with a panel of guests that helped us explore the meaning of the term food system, the various roles within that system, and ways we might make it more local, more accessible, and more inclusive.

In this recording, we first hear Lexi St. Denis, the local and responsible food coordinator for Great Lakes Brewing Company, describe her job and the farmers she works with. After that, we hear from Dr. Darcy Friedman, a renowned researcher and the Director of the Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health at CASE. Dr. Friedman moderated our panel of 3 speakers that included Zainab Pixler, the Local Food Systems Strategy Coordinator for the City of Cleveland Department of Public Health; Annabel Khouri, the owner of Bay Branch Farm in Cleveland and a member of the USDA Farm Service agency committee; Jennifer Lumpkin, founder of My Grow Connect, an organization that works to connect the community with agriculture and member of the Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition.

We've set the table for some intriguing topics - everything from food sovereignty to wealth building for BIPOC growers. And we examine solutions that Cleveland can adopt to improve its local food system, address disparities, and improve health in our communities. So pull up a chair. There's plenty to digest on this episode of Eco Speaks CLE.

Thank You, Sponsors!
Great Lakes Brewing Co - Brewing Good
Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health - CWRU
Conserva Irrigation of Northern Ohio
Graziani Multimedia
1 PM One Planet Media
Sustainable Ohio Public Energy Council
RET3 Job Corps
Lettuce Tree Farms
Blue CSR Strategies
Rust Belt Riders
Collaborx
Food Strong
BRITE Energy Innovators
Cleveland Neighborhood Progress



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