Monthly Archives: April 2016

Join the Lehigh Valley Food Revolution!

Friends:

We invite you to help us grow the local food economy at a community conversation next Monday, April 25th from 5:30-8 p.m. at Williams Hall of Lehigh University.

Last March 29th RenewLV gathered 125 people to discuss food entrepreneurship and learn about a successful food hub in Boston, MA.

Last December, at the RenewLV Summit for Smart Growth Jon Middleton of Sodexo described his compelling vision for a food hub that included distribution, aggregation, a shared used commercial kitchen, a restaurant and a retail store.Food Event April 2016

This is a big idea, so we are going to take a second bite at that apple next Monday.  Register here.

The Assessment Report:  Lehigh Valley Local Food Economy states, “The local food economy generates $17 million in economic activity for the Lehigh Valley and has the potential to contribute much more.  If residents spent just $10/week on locally grown food, nearly $100 million in economic activity would be generated annually, providing jobs, business incubation and expansion, and economic growth for our local farms, businesses and service providers.” (p. 1)

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Help identify and fill the gaps in our regional food system.  Jon Middleton estimates that if his firm, sourced all of their food locally, it would bring an additional $100 million per year into the Lehigh Valley’s economy.

If you are available Monday, please join us to:

  • Better understand the needs of the institutional buyers
  • Better understand what makes a food hub successful.
  • Hear about a collaboration between the Lehigh University and the Lehigh Valley Food Policy Council’s Infrastructure and Logistics working group to determine “what’s already out there” in terms of aggregation and distribution facilities
  • Connect with supports for starting and scaling up food-based businesses
  • Understand the role of farmland preservation in growing the local food economy

This event is a collaboration between RenewLV and Lehigh University’s Center for Community Engagement. It follows the day-long Community-Engaged Learning and Research Symposium, an inaugural event that will showcase the breadth and depth that impact-making practices bring to Lehigh University, neighborhoods and the world — sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, the Center for Community Engagement and Lehigh University Community Fellows.

We hope to see you next Monday.  There is no charge for this event, but seating is limited, so reserve your spot here today.  Refreshments will be provided.

 

p.s. Please park at Zoellner Art Center and walk to Williams Hall at 31 Williams Drive, Bethlehem 18015

Thank you to our sponsor, Samuel Adams, Brewing the American Dream