GREENVILLE Preservation, revitalization and buy local. Heritage Ohio understands that growing strong communities means keeping our local money local, which is why they're offering the Nourishing Downtown daylong workshop on April 1 sponsored by Farm Credit Services of Mid-America.
"Setting up downtown farmers' markets and encouraging restaurants to reach out to local growers is another way to strengthen our community's economic networks," says Jeff Siegler, Downtown Revitalization director of Heritage Ohio. "It's also healthier for us and for the environment."
The Nourishing Downtown training will be held in the Main Street Community of Greenville, one of the state's top agricultural communities. Speakers include Leslie Schaller, Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet), Athens, Ohio; Dave Wible, North Market, Columbus; Brian Raison, Miami Valley Grown, Montgomery County; Mike Kunzer, Great Lakes Brewery, Cleveland; and Dan Kremer, E.A.T. Food For Life, Yorkshire.
The agenda will focus on how local foods can make the connection to a downtown market. The training is designed for restaurateurs, growers, producers, market vendors, downtown managers, city representatives, extension agents and grow local advocates. Workshop leaders will uncover the tools necessary to successfully bring local foods to the heart of Ohio communities. It will explore different avenues to create and appreciate what the local soils and farmers do to enrich and nourish Ohio downtowns. For a complete training agenda and registration, visitwww.heritageohio.com. Deadline to register is March 25.