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Real Local RVA’s April Meeting – “Local Foods, Climate Change, and the Green New Deal”
April 1 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Please join us to hear from local foods expert Anthony Flaccavento of SCALE
“Local Foods, Climate Change and the Green New Deal”
The local foods movement has created new and better markets for farmers, encouraged the adoption of organic and sustainable farming practices, and helped millions of Americans eat better while reducing the environmental impact of their eating habits. Nevertheless, many farmers and rural communities continue to struggle and the economy as a whole remains tethered to excess consumption, emissions and waste. In the midst of this long-term crisis, a “Green New Deal” has been proposed, nationally and in Virginia. Can the ‘bottom up’ approach that has propelled the rise of local foods shape the development of the Green New Deal, to the benefit of farmers, eaters, small businesses and local communities? Join farmer, entrepreneur and author, Anthony Flaccavento, for a lively discussion of these critically important issues.
Anthony Flaccavento lives just outside of Abingdon, in far southwest Virginia, where he has operated a small commercial organic farm for 25 years. Anthony helped launch the Abingdon Farmers Market, one of the best in the Appalachian region, as well as Appalachian Harvest, a regional food hub selling produce to grocers and supermarkets across Virginia and neighboring states. His consulting business, SCALE, Inc – Sequestering Carbon, Accelerating Local Economies – works with communities across the US and overseas to build more diverse, healthy economies and local food systems. Anthony is the author of Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up: Harnessing Real World Experience for Transformative Change (University Press of Kentucky, 2016), as well as scores of articles, op-eds and other publications. He was the Ninth District Democratic Candidate for Congress in 2018.
**Real Local RVA meetings are open to both members and those interested in supporting the local food system. Meetings are free, we just ask that you register!