Brightside Youth Summit to Focus on Local Food System

October 9, 2014

Over 150 local middle and high school students will participate in the Fall 2014 Food Systems Youth Summit sponsored by Brightside and the Partnership for a Green City, in collaboration with Healthy Foods, Locals Farms Conference.

The Youth Summit will be held at the Jefferson Community and Technical College Downtown Campus, Health Science Building on Friday, October 10 from 8a.m. – 1:30p.m. Mayor Greg Fischer will address students at the close of the event.

Student delegates from more than 15 schools will spend the day engaged in workshops led by local food system experts where they will learn about the food-related issues facing Louisville. The workshops will address the topics of justice, energy, biodiversity, distribution, cultural influences and the cost of taking food from farm to school. Each student will have their choice to attend two of the eight workshops offered.

“Locally produced, fresh food is very central to our goal of creating a healthier city and population, both physical and environmental health,” Fischer said. “It’s exciting to see so many engaged and focused students – our future leaders – tackle food system and environmental issues and challenges that will shape our community and globe in the years ahead.”

The summit is the kick-off to a yearlong program that will help students learn about local food issues and how to create a sustainable and secure food system. Participating students will create an action plan focused on food systems. Each action plan will be specific to the school the student delegate attends. Actions can range from finding healthier ways to eat at home to building and caring for a school or neighborhood community garden.

Brightside will help students stay connected to the Healthy Food, Local Farmers Conference to offer support and encouragement to complete their action plan by the end of the school year.

The goal of the Summit is to challenge and empower students to work beside Louisville’s premiere food systems organizations to create a more resilient, sustainable, and secure system.

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