Our next meeting will be held on Friday, April 13, 2012 in Jackson.
The meeting will discuss legal and policy issues facing farmers markets in Mississippi. Special guest Darlene Wolnik will join us. Darlene is a nationally-known expert on local food systems and farmers markets. She works as a consultant for Market Umbrella in New Orleans and serves as President of the Board for the Community Food Security Coalition. We are excited to have Darlene join us!
Here is Darlene’s bio: Darlene Wolnik is a long time consumer community organizer, retail designer and “retail anthropologist”. Since 2001, she has focused on farmers markets and food systems while based in New Orleans LA. She worked for 9.5 years at marketumbrella.org creating and running their direct marketing outlets and designing their ground-breaking marketshare project, which builds resources for public markets everywhere. Since 2011, she has worked as an independent researcher and analyst for market organizations and provides technical assistance to markets and food systems throughout North America. She has also published pieces on New Orleans culture and is working on a tree inventory of the French Quarter. She serves as the Board President of the Community Food Security Coalition.
At this meeting and some of our upcoming meetings, we are excited to have some MFPC members sponsor our meetings by providing lunch. We will also get to hear from some of our members and partners about the work their organizations are doing around food policy in Mississippi.