Central Louisiana’s regional food summit, Foodapalooza, is set Friday, Feb. 27, and organizers expect it to attract about 200 people.
The day-long event in Alexandria will feature seminars, such as planting a profitable garden for farmer’s markets, an introduction to worm casting, and developing food hubs. John Cotton Dean, regional food systems planner for the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, anticipates the third annual event will be the largest one yet.
A new pilot program in Louisiana aims to get locally grown food into school cafeterias.
The Harvest of the Month project seeks one school in central Louisiana to participate in the grant.
The goal is to increase access to local produce in schools, encourage students to make healthy food choices, and deliver a curriculum that informs students where their food comes from in support of the local foods movement, according to John Dean, regional food systems planner at the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance.
John Cotton Dean is working with 10 parishes in Central Louisiana to help develop a local food economy.
The Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance has hired a regional food systems planner to create a marketplace that encourages the buying and selling of local produce in the alliance’s 10-parish region. John Cotton Dean is beginning to map out his new job. He started last month. He says it’s very forward thinking that the grant-funded job is housed within an economic development agency.
Jim Clinton, president of the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, is the featured speaker at tomorrow's Biomedical Foundation of Northwest Louisiana luncheon highlighting innovation and economic development. Clinton says Louisiana has made marked progress in recruiting and developing new companies, with Shreveport-Bossier seeing a rise of the creative class.