Parkersburg, WV - Individuals and groups have the opportunity to meet each other and brainstorm ways to increase our area's supply of fresh food. Join the discussion on March 17 from 9:30 to 3 p.m. at the Judge Black Annex, 319 Market Street, Parkersburg, WV.

Two panels of people who are already operating wonderful projects in the region will talk about ways to get more people gardening and opportunities to expand fresh produce in the area.

The morning session - Grow it! How can we get more people gardening - will focus on the question: How can we help more people grow part of their food.

The afternoon session: Buy it! How can small-scale growers find markets - will feature various ways to expand our options for buying fresh food in the area: food hubs and other ways to distribute food.

After each session, participants will have the chance to brainstorm actual steps they would like to take to reach those goals, discuss ideas with the panels and others as well as talk about the possibilities for their community. The day will end with an organizing workshop that pulls together all the threads. Participants will also learn about how a community team can apply for a $3,000 Try This mini grant.

The day is sponsored by Try This WV, Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department and the Mid-Ohio Valley Rural Health Alliance "This is a great chance to pull together people who are already doing great things in the Mid-Ohio area with people who want to expand it further," said Kate Long, Try This co-director. "Wonderful projects are already happening in the area. The question now is: How can we expand it?"

> Register today by going to http://bit.do/midohio  Limited spaces still available.

For more information, please contact Carrie Brainard, Public Information Specialist, at 304-485-7374 or by email at  Carrie.L.Brainard@wv.gov

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