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John Cotton Dean

10:34am

Wed February 18, 2015
Local

Foodapalooza local foods summit set for Alexandria

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.

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2:36pm

Mon February 25, 2013
Business

Central La. economic development firm hires food systems planner

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.

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