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Pierce County Farm-to-Table Forum
Urban Grace Buiilding
Tacoma, WA
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Pierce County Farm-to-Table Forum
Producers in Pierce County raise amazing amounts of diverse products from rhubarb to oysters, wine to eggs, and jalapeƱos to pumpkins. At the same time, many children and adults aren't eating enough healthy foods, and many are obese, overweight or going hungry.

Join local producers, distributors, health care professionals, school nutrition directors, chefs, retailers, sustainable food advocates, and consumers for a day of network building, expert panel discussions, and more. Help build connections, creating healthier people, jobs, and environments.

Thursday, October 13, 2011
10:30 am - 5:30 pm

Urban Grace Building
902 Market Street
Tacoma, WA 98402

This event includes coffee, a locally sourced and catered lunch, and a tour of the Tacoma Broadway Farmers Market.

Enjoy keynote speaker, Ellen Gray, Executive Director of Washington Sustainable Food & Farming Network ( and special guests, Marilyn Strickland, Mayor of the City of Tacoma, and Pat McCarthy, Pierce County Executive.

The agenda explores finding a farmer, local sourcing, access points to local products, culinary agri-tourism, farm-to-restaurant, and institutional buying.  

10:30 Registration Opens
Coffee/Light Snack

11:00  Welcome - Mayor Marilyn Strickland, City of Tacoma
Introduced by Dr. Anthony Chen, Director of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

11:20  Keynote Speaker  Ellen Gray, Executive Director, Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network

11:45  Panel - Finding a Farmer: Sourcing, Distribution, and Food Access
Moderator  Sarah Wilcox, Cascade Harvest Coalition
- Dan Hulse, Terra Organics & Tahoma Farms
- Henri, Tacoma Food Cooperative
- Kristen McIvor, Gardens/Gleaning Program
- Distributor/Retailer

12:45  Lunch & Tour of the Tacoma-Broadway Farmers Market

2:00  Panel - Culinary Agritourism: Taste Local Products & Tour Local Farms
Moderator - Andrea Mensink, Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Go Local Tacoma
- Chris Wilcox, Wilcox Farms
- Chef Matt, The Bite, Hotel Murano
- Holly Foster, Zestful Gardens

3:00  Panel - Institutional Buying: Opportunities and Barriers
Moderator  Karen Mauden, Puget Sound Food Network
- Tricia Sexton, WSDA Farm-to-School Program
- Angela, Tacoma local food advocate/conscious consumer
- Carolyn Todd, Food Service Director, St. Anthony's Hospital (Franciscan)
- Taryn West, Wellness Coordinator, MultiCare

4:00  Closing Remarks  Pierce County Executive, Pat McCarthy
Introduced by Lori Tanner, MultiCare Center for Healthy Living

4:15  "Speed Dating" Networking & Local Bites
Facilitator - Dr. Monica Dixon, Healthy Communities of Pierce County
Meet farmers and buyers who are looking to sell/buy local products as well as resource providers and community organizations

5:30  The End & Evaluations: Thanks for coming to the Pierce County Farm-to-Table Forum!

This event is FREE thanks to amazing sponsors and hosts: Tacoma Farmers Market, Northwest Leadership Foundation, Cascade Harvest Coalition, WSDA/USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, MultiCare, Healthy Communities of Pierce County, and the Tacoma Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau.

** Note: When registering, please check the box "display my purchase on my public profile" if you'd like your name to appear as an attendee on this page.   Thanks!


Urban Grace Buiilding (View)
902 Market Street
Tacoma, WA 98402
United States

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Food > Markets & Farms

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!



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