Producers, chefs, sustainable food advocates and others interested in growing, distributing and buying local food will be participating in the first Mid-Columbia Farm-to-Table Symposium on Sept. 14 at the Richland Community Center.
Keynote speakers are Daniel and Sheri Salatin of Virginia's Polyface Farm, which is owned by the Salatin Family and was featured in Michael Pollan's book The Omnivore's Dilemma and the film Food, Inc.
This event is sponsored by Cascade Harvest Coalition, the Northwest Regional Food Hub, Washington State University and the WSDA/USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.
Attendees can hear success stories, discuss challenges, find a farmer or buyer, and learn about barriers and opportunities to making farm-to-table purchases and sales.
Local farmers, buyers and consumers are encouraged to attend. Display space is available for agriculture support, community food and farm organizations and local businesses.
The event runs 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., which concludes with regional chefs providing menus created with locally sourced produce and products.
Cost for the symposium is $15. Dinner tickets are available for $35.
The morning lecture with the Salatins at WSU will be free of charge for all attendees. WSU students will be given first priority on seating. Limited seating will be available for community members. Space is limited, so community members interested in attending are encouraged to contact the NW Regional Food Hub to reserve their seat. Refunds are available for those who have already purchased a morning lecture ticket.
Registration for each event is recommended because space is limited. Registration and information are at nwfoodhub.com, the NW Regional Food Hub at 603 Goethals Drive, Richland, WA, 99352, or by calling 509-943-0220. Tickets will be available at the door only if space is available.