As part of The Future of Farming in Hastings County Ken Meter of the Crossroads Resource Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA spoke about finding Food in Farm Country and what he sees is happening in Hastings County. Ken Meter is one of the most experienced food system analysts in the U.S., integrating market analysis, business development, systems thinking, and social concerns. Meter holds 43 years of experience in inner-city and rural community capacity building. His “Finding Food in Farm Country” studies have promoted local food networks in 107 regions in 37 states and one Canadian province. You can watch his presentation below.
Dr. Peter Andree, Carleton University, invited Ken Meter to visit Hastings County and to share his ideas at a well-attended meeting at the Centre Arts Hastings on March 19, 2018. Before, Ken Meter's talk, Dr. Andree introduced The Future of Farming in Hastings County research project. The research is a partnership between Carleton University, FLEdGE, Hastings Stewardship Council, Harvest Hastings, Community Futures for North and Central Hastings and South Algonquin, City of Quinte West and Hastings County.
Ph.D. candidate Kimberly Bittermann described the Challenges that face the 21 farmers and their partners whom she interviewed in 2017.
Dr. Andree then looked in detail at what the farmers had said about the Opportunities for farming in Hastings County. The next stage in the research is to hold meetings in North Hastings and in Quinte West to explore about the many assets we have in the region.