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Round Table Promotes Local Food

By Staff | Mar 28, 2012

Are you interested in improving your health and the local economy? If so, join the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce on March 29 for a Local Food Round Table where area businesses, farmers, educators, and hungry neighbors will chat about local food, its many benefits, and how you can help.

The discussion is scheduled to run from 7-9 p.m. at West Virginia Northern Community College, located at 141 Main Street in New Martinsville. In addition to the round table, local producers will be setting up displays to introduce themselves to attendees and offer help to new growers. So come early at 6:30 p.m. and take advantage of this great opportunity.

For more information on this exciting event and to learn more about the Grow Local Go Local initiative in Wetzel County, visit growlocalgolocal.org or their Facebook page.

Grow Local Go Local aims to increase personal and economic development through a program of education and the growing, marketing, and increased consumption of locally grown food.

The organization was born from the recognition that 35 percent of the children in West Virginia are obese. It has been proven that obesity contributes to the rise in healthcare costs, reduces personal productivity, and can contribute to a reduction in self worth for those afflicted.

It is also recognized that Wetzel County has one of the highest unemployment rates in West Virginia. This high unemployment contributes to low family incomes which lead to misguided food buying decisions, increasing the potential for childhood and adult obesity.

Grow Local Go Local brings together Wetzel County citizens who are passionate about addressing these two problems. These problems can be reduced through a program of education and the growing, marketing, and increased consumption of locally grown food. While many areas of the country have embraced this solution, it has yet to gain traction in Wetzel County.

The Grow Local Go Local initiative for Wetzel County was planted by Tom Myslinsky, who serves in the capacity as a VISTA volunteer at the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce.

Volunteers In Service To America was founded in West Virginia in 1965. VISTA was born in conjunction to The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, which was developed to serve the needs of the poorest Americans. Later, the VISTA program was incorporated into the Americorps network of programs in 1993. VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 40 years. The Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary partnership of businesses and business professionals working together to build a healthy economy and improve quality of life.