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Food study shows potential $31 million additional farm income in Bartholomew and Jackson Counties

Columbus -   Reach Healthy Communities will host two public sessions featuring the results of a study of the local food systems in Bartholomew and Jackson Counties.

The Columbus session will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 10, at City Hall.

The Seymour session, will begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 11, at the Jackson County Learning Center (323 Dupont Drive in Seymour).

Both sessions are open to the public and will feature a presentation by Ken Meter, one of the most experienced food system analysts in the United States.

Meter’s study indicates that if the region’s residents purchased $5 worth of food every week directly from the farmers in Bartholomew and Jackson Counties, about $31 million of new farm income would be generated for our area.

“A food system should build health, wealth, connection and capacity in a community,” Meter says.

Meter’s work integrates market analysis, business development, systems thinking, and social concerns. As president of Crossroads Resource Center, Meter holds 41 years of experience in inner-city and rural community capacity building.

Anyone interested in attending can contact Healthy Communities at healthycommunities@crh.org or call 375-3230 to register. The deadline to register for either session is September 4.

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