October 2018 Archive

Firmly Rooted Event Held in Athens, Part of America’s Rural Opportunity Series

Athens Ohio– Southeast Ohio’s local food system was praised as one of the best in the country at an event at Ohio University last Thursday sponsored by The Aspen Institute and moderated by New York Times columnist David Brooks.  The event was the 8thin a series on America’s Rural Opportunity (ARO) organized by Aspen’s Rural Development Innovation Group and the first ARO event held outside of Washington DC.  More than 350 people preregistered for the event and its live webcast, including about 100 people who attended in person.

John Molinaro, President of Appalachian Partnership Inc., Nelsonville, the event’s local cosponsor, opened by noting that: “Across most of the nation, organizers of regional food systems talk with pride about sourcing their food within their state or within 100 miles.  In southeast Ohio we talk about the 30 mile meal as if there’s nothing particularly special [about it].”  He also…

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