Presentation to Look at the Emerging Local Food Economy and What It Means For Ashland

2/6/12 ASHLAND, OH -- Brad Masi, former executive director of the New Agrarian Center, will speak on dealing with the impact of the local food economy on Ashland, Ohio, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14, in Ashland University’s Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium.


This lecture is sponsored by the Ashland Center for Nonviolence and is part of the 2012 “Creating a Caring Community” Symposium. This talk, which will include presentations from people who are producing food locally, observing health growing practices, and connecting healthy foods to local citizens, is free and open to the public.


This presentation will look at the growth of sustainable local food system initiatives across Northeast Ohio. Not only is it important to explore the impacts that the local food system will have on the regional economy, but it also will cover on-the-ground examples of innovative communities that have already made use of a local food economy.  


Masi’s event is topical because of the impact that this knowledge can have on those who live in Ashland, Ohio. A sustainable local food economy directly connects consumers, farmers, local businesses, and institutions. These connections would surely lead to benefits for anyone involved, which is why a community could greatly benefit from such interactions. 


Those attending this event will be able to answer an important question about the impact of the local food economy on their own place of residence: How can food localization comprehensively address nutrition and health, economic development, ecological sustainability, and community vitality? 


This presentation is the first of ACN’s “Creating a Caring Community” series. Upcoming events include “Local Lessons, Local Foods and Community” on March 13 and a “Good Food video presentation and Information Fair.”  


The Ashland Center for Nonviolence, located on the campus of Ashland University, is committed to exploring and promoting alternatives to violence in ourselves, our families, our communities, and our world.  The center is committed to finding choices when there seem to be none, as well as answering the seemingly unanswerable question, “What else can we do?”  For more information about this event, or to learn more about the Ashland Center for Nonviolence, please call 419-289-5313 or visit us online at  


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