Marnie Record, workforce specialist, Value Added Local Foods Program, recently participated in the Tri-State Local Food Summit held at John Wood Community College in Quincy. A variety of food service managers, parents, farm to school program administrators, and community members from Illinois, Iowa and Missouri attended the day of education to learn more about various aspects of growing and using local foods.
Marnie spoke at the conference about farm to school programming in the states of Illinois and Iowa and gave an overview of how the program works to include education, procurement, and school gardens. Attendees learned how to start and improve farm to school programs and get involved with farm to school work in their respective communities. Marnie also spoke on a panel about “what is local” that discussed various definitions and implications of local food.