Dispatches from the KC Food Circle annual meeting
The need for a more sustainable, larger local food production system was a recurring topic at the roundtable discussion that highlighted the Kansas City Food Circle’s annual meeting on Sunday. The organization is dedicated to pairing local growers with local eaters; its current membership includes 68 producers and 120 eaters.
“There’s a number of new groups associated with developing a community food system, so we invited them to a roundtable discussion, in an effort to coordinate their efforts,” says Craig Volland – a coordinator with KC Food Circle.
And so representatives of the Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture, Kansas City CSA Coalition, Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition, Food Not Lawns, and the Squash Blossom Cooperative sat down with the group’s membership to try and devise a strategy for promoting local food.
“One of the main issue is how to extend the growing season in an effort to bring more local, organic, and free-range food to people year-round. We see high tunnel greenhouses as a real possibility for achieving that goal,” says Volland.