Building a Sustainable Worcester: The Fresh Food Movement in Central Massachusetts

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

2 Hours

Event Description

The Local Farm Movement is alive and growing in Worcester County thanks to the perseverance of our farmers and the growing demand for locally produced food and other products. The farmers of Worcester County sell more products directly to consumers than almost any other region in the country. Central Mass Grown is now leading the effort to promote our region’s rich farming heritage and the 1500 farms that call this region home.

Join us for this Access Hanover Lyceum presentation, to learn more about the future of farming in the region and the potential it holds for building a greener, healthier and more sustainable community.  In addition, understand the Agricultural economy’s viability in providing good jobs, business opportunities, changing food policy, land conservation, healthier food choices and making Worcester County a more desirable place to live, work and visit.    

Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Matthew Beaton will begin the program with opening remarks. Al Rose, owner of Red Apple Farm in Phillipston, will be the evening’s keynote speaker.  A panel discussion, moderated by Senator Anne Gobi will include panelists: Ken Toong, Executive Director of UMass Auxiliary Enter-prises; Kate Stillman, owner of Stillman Quality Meats; Maria Moreira, Executive Director of World Farmers Inc.; John Lawrence, owner of Peppers Fine Catering. Steve Fischer, Executive Director of Regional Environmental Council of Central Massachusetts will give an update on the Worcester Regional Food Hub project.

The presentation will be followed by a networking reception and Sustainability Exhibit highlighting college and university food sustainability projects, area growers and farmers, local restaurants and businesses, and health and nutrition institutions.

The theatre encourages all sectors of the community to attend.  Whether you’re in business, academia, the public or non-profit sectors, building a more sustainable region benefits us all.

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All Access Hanover Lyceum events are free to members of The Hanover Theatre and it's partners. Tickets for the general public are just $10. Please call the box office at 877.571.SHOW (7469) for more information.

Event Partner: Central Mass Grown

In Collaboration with: Regional Environmental Council of Central MA, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, MDAR