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Heifer USA to host session, “Local Food as Economic Development”

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

SBNCA announces that one of its members, Heifer USA, intends to do some major investment here in Arkansas to stimulate a local food economy. EcoHouse Construction is all in favor of creating a rich community including food production. Perhaps urban homesteading will be a topic?

Here is the invite:

Heifer USA, a division of Arkansas-based Heifer International, is preparing to launch a bold new effort to create living-wage jobs, combat hunger and diet-related diseases right here in Arkansas. Later this spring, Heifer USA will unveil a multi-year, multi-million dollar investment plan for alleviating hunger and poverty throughout the state of Arkansas. We have invited friends and colleagues from health, education, agriculture and government sectors to join this discussion in an effort to enrich our plan with the input of potential stakeholders and partners in this endeavor.

The session will feature Ken Meter, one of the most revered food systems analysts in the United States. Mr. Meter has completed an Arkansas-specific data analysis that:
1. projects the economic development potential of constructing a localized food system,
2. illuminates issues that are unique to the state such as acreage devoted to sustainable production, the value of commodities produced and the value of direct sales from farms to consumers; and
3. charts a course for economic recovery in Arkansas.

The event will be held at Heifer Village in the Global Impact Room on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. If you know of others in the business community who might also be interested in participating, please feel free to forward this invitation to them.

To RSVP or for additional information, please contact Gretchen by email at gretchen.schirmer@heifer.org.