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Tuesday, March 22, 2011
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

EcoTuesday March Event : Small Farmers Unite!

Panel Members Include: Adam Sharp, Legislative FB Representative; Gale Betterley, Ph.D. Dairy Farmer; Tom Wiandt, Killbuck Valley Farm; Eric Ross, Red Wagon Farm; Susan Woodworth, Middle Ridge Gardens; Louis Rorimer, Snake Hill Farm and Todd Mogren, Millgate Farm. This amazing set of panelists was make possible by event co-planner Donita Anderson, Executive Director of the North Union Farmers Market. As EcoTuesday Cleveland, we were thrilled when she suggested this event and assembled these local food champions. We are so happy to host this very special Eco-Tuesday with her gracious help! Special Guest Moderator: Liz Lockert of the Civic Commons The new buzz among Americans is all about eating healthier foods. The di scussion has finally come front and center in a nation struggling with diabetes, obesity,heart disease and other diet-related chronic illness. But while demand for locally grown food is booming, local farms simply can?t meet the growing demand. North Union Farmers Market (NUFM) has been a pioneering advocate for local farmers, with a 16-year history of attracting more than 300 small farms to their eleven ?certified producer only? markets throughout Cuyahoga County. In surveying local farmers over the years, NUFM has pinpointed the greatest threat to small farm business -- overregulation by state and federal government. The impact on local farms has been devastating -- with more than half leaving the business of farming, due to the physical toll on farmers, the lack of funding and manpower, and the excessive cost of simply running the business. Today?s questions strike at the heart of this critical issue affecting both our economy and our public health: How can government protect the consumer and grow more small farms? Is it the job of the government to protect the consumer? What is the government?s role in protecting the consumer while encouraging local agriculture? Don?t miss this special 3 hour EcoTuesday Event. Light Apps, Cash Bar. $10 at the door, or half off in advance with Meetup registration at http://www.meetup.com/Cleveland-EcoTuesday/events/16767142/

Panel Members Include: Adam Sharp, Legislative FB Representative; Gale Betterley, Ph.D. Dairy Farmer; Tom Wiandt, Killbuck Valley Farm; Eric Ross, Red Wagon Farm; Susan Woodworth, Middle Ridge Gardens; Louis Rorimer, Snake Hill Farm and Todd Mogren, Millgate Farm. This amazing set of panelists was make possible by event co-planner Donita Anderson, Executive Director of the North Union Farmers Market. As EcoTuesday Cleveland, we were thrilled when she suggested this event and assembled these local food champions. We are so happy to host this very special Eco-Tuesday with her gracious help! Special Guest Moderator: Liz Lockert of the Civic Commons The new buzz among Americans is all about eating healthier foods. The di scussion has finally come front and center in a nation struggling with diabetes, obesity,heart disease and other diet-related chronic illness. But while demand for locally grown food is booming, local farms simply can?t meet the growing demand. North Union Farmers Market (NUFM) has been a pioneering advocate for local farmers, with a 16-year history of attracting more than 300 small farms to their eleven ?certified producer only? markets throughout Cuyahoga County. In surveying local farmers over the years, NUFM has pinpointed the greatest threat to small farm business -- overregulation by state and federal government. The impact on local farms has been devastating -- with more than half leaving the business of farming, due to the physical toll on farmers, the lack of funding and manpower, and the excessive cost of simply running the business. Today?s questions strike at the heart of this critical issue affecting both our economy and our public health: How can government protect the consumer and grow more small farms? Is it the job of the government to protect the consumer? What is the government?s role in protecting the consumer while encouraging local agriculture? Don?t miss this special 3 hour EcoTuesday Event. Light Apps, Cash Bar. $10 at the door, or half off in advance with Meetup registration at http://www.meetup.com/Cleveland-EcoTuesday/events/16767142/

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