Montana State University

4th annual Local Food Fair set for Feb. 8

January 14, 2010

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The 4th annual Local Food Fair is set for Monday, Feb. 8, from 1:30-3 p.m. in the SUB Ballrooms at Montana State University. A presentation by U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan will follow the fair at 5:15 p.m.

The fair, which brings together more than 35 local food producers, processors and organizations from across Montana, is intended to increase awareness on campus and within the Gallatin Valley of the abundance of food Montana offers. It is also intended to support efforts for a community-based food system throughout the state.

The fair will feature music by Eight Party Line and a dynamic variety of raffle items from many vendors.

Merrigan will speak about the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative, a USDA-wide effort to create new economic opportunities by better connecting consumers with local producers. She will be discussing the importance of understanding where food comes from and how it gets to the consumer's plate. She will also be encouraging college students to consider careers in agriculture and food production. Merrigan's 5:15 p.m.keynote address will be followed by a roundtable discussion with students at 6:15 p.m.

Event sponsors include MSU Food Services, Friends of Local Foods, Gallatin Valley Farm to School and the Network of Environmentally Conscious Organizations.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking on campus in limited, so participants are encouraged to consider carpooling or riding the bus.

For more information, call Lyra Leigh-Nedbor at 994-6775 or e-mail mtmade@montana.edu.