Monthly Archives: January 2015

Be a part of growing the local food economy…

With the end of the HUD grant that supported the EnvisionLV process on 12/31/14, the question keeps coming up, “What will happen with all of those sustainability plans?” The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission has ownership of the final report, 1LV. This report and its 31 new goals will inform the revision of the region’s comprehensive plan over the next two years. However, in the meantime there is work to be done. There are plenty of ideas for our municipalities, organizations and regular citizens to implement that are in the various EnvisionLV reports (which can be seen at envisionlehighvalley.com/documents).

One example is the Lehigh Valley Food Economy Assessment Report. We are meeting this Thursday at the Fowler Center on the Southside of Bethlehem from noon to 2 p.m. and you’re invited. If all goes well, (and with the snow I’m taking nothing for granted) you are invited to be guests of the founders team of the Lehigh Valley Food Policy Council and Samuel Adams for a locally sourced lunch and discussion. We will be asking the question, “How can we grow the local food economy?” and then breaking into ten small group discussions to learn more and develop strategies for moving forward. Ten tables with slightly different topics from food and beverage entrepreneurship to food insecurity will provide you an opportunity to contribute your passion and ideas. You are welcome to join us.

For you local policy wonks, part of the discussion is how to support policies that will create a better regional food system.

Seating is limited and pre-registration is a must.

Registration is now closed for this event.  If you want to be a part of future conversations, send us an email at smartgrowth@renewlv.org, “like” our Facebook page and follow RenewLV on Twitter.