The LaPorte County Master Gardeners invited the NWI Food Council to join a panel discussion on local food at their first session of their Brown Bag Series. It was their largest turn out for a Brown Bag Series presentation with a few dozen in attendance, demonstrating strong community interest in the topic of local and sustainable food. Dominique Edwards, board member with the NWI Food Council and food access expert, had the opportunity to speak about the council’s work and did a deep dive into the basic knowledge around food systems on a local and regional level. The conversation was enhanced as the panel and audience spoke about food insecurity, food access, food deserts, and food justice. Dominique shared her graduate research on Gary's food deserts and the current situation of food insecurity data in LaPorte County. The series wrapped with a discussion on ways to combat local food system disparities.
Dominique was joined on the panel by Jason from the Pax Center, Damien Appel from Native Roots Farm, and Catherine Mrozinski-Langford from the LaPorte Farmer's Market. We were honored to be a part of this panel!