This workshop was a success at encouraging local sourcing and fostering of business relationships by creating a forum for farmers, restaurants, and distributors to better understand each other’s growing, selling, and purchasing needs. The continued success of the annual Farm-to-Restaurant Workshop & Culinary Fair encourages the shift towards a renewed and sustainable agricultural system that bolsters our local economy and healthy diets for our community. The ten-county area of North Central Florida spends over $4 billion per year on food; therefore, encouraging the capture of even a portion of this money through local agriculture and business will help these dollars re-circulate in our region many times over. The program for the workshop highlights how agriculture supports many types of industry and jobs, and how North Central Florida is quickly maturing into this innovative approach to community building and security.
This Workshop was presented by Blue Oven Kitchens, Slow Food Gainesville, the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), and the Buy Local North Central Florida campaign. For more information or to learn more about next year's event contact Val Leitner at Val@blueovenkitchens.org or 352.278.7518.