In recent years and especially in the Hudson Valley, the culinary industry has experienced an economic boom. How do we continue these developments in an equitable way so that everyone in the industry - from farmers to chefs to fast food workers - share in the benefits? What development opportunities are there for an urban center like Poughkeepsie amidst such a rich culinary region? What are the key economic and structural challenges the city of Poughkeepsie faces in the fight for food security? Finally, moving beyond questions of health, how does our relationship to food and quality of food serve as an index for measuring a good life? Before opening up the floor for public discussion, panelists will address these questions and more.
Mario Johnson, YouthBuild and AmeriCorps Program Coordinator at Nubian Directions.
Susan Grove, Community Engagement Manger at Omega Institute for Holistic Studies
Bob Dandrew, Director of the Local Economies Project.
Leonard Nevarez, Professor of Sociology at Vassar College, will moderate the discussion.