Chew On This Discussion Series: What is Local?



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Free Event—Open to All
WHEN: Monday, August 7 6-7 p.m.
WHERE: Lebanon Co-op Café Seating Area

Becka Warren (Vital Communities), Benjamin Hill (New Hampshire Food Alliance), and Nate Formalarie (Cabot Creamery Cooperative), will discuss the topic "What is Local?" and the importance of local foods in our community.

More about these panelists

Becka Warren: Becka began her farm-related career at the age of 16 on Idyll Acres Dairy in Grafton, Vt., with the vital job of keeping the barn corners clear where the tractor couldn't reach. Now, at Vital Communities Valley Food & Farm since 2012, she fosters relationships that keep agriculture a daily part of community life in the Upper Valley. She works with current and future farmers, businesses, schools, and partners across Vermont and New Hampshire to build connections that support farm viability and keep our landscapes working. She believes that real connections to our farmers make us happy and builds projects that can take advantage of that simple premise, whether that means introducing workplaces to farm-fresh delivery, facilitating peer-to-peer learning among farm staff, or helping schools use farms as learning resources. She lived in Seattle for many years, where she worked for the Washington State University Small Farms Program, Cascade Harvest Coalition, Seattle Tilth, and area vegetable farms. Becka is also a writer, founding and writing Ask Umbra at gristmagazine.com until 2009. She holds a BA from Brown University and lives in Hartland, Vt., with her family.

Benjamin Hill: Ben is the Network Coordinator for the New Hampshire Food Alliance. He works with food system stakeholders throughout New Hampshire to increase connectivity and coordination aimed at improving the viability of New Hampshire food and agriculture. Ben comes to UNH after receiving his M.Sc. in Agricultural Science from the University of Hohenheim and the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna. In combination with his institutional education, Ben has extensive experience in the food and agricultural sector through his work with agricultural businesses and non-profit organizations. He lives in Portsmouth and loves getting up in the mountains when he can.

Nate Formalarie: Nate serves as Communications Manager for Cabot Creamery Cooperative, tasked with amplifying the reach of Cabot's purpose-driven marketing initiatives. He is honored to help convey the story of Cabot Creamery Cooperative's 1,100 farm family owners and the good work they do in their communities. Nate hails from the great state of New Hampshire and likes to say he is 'New Hampshire raised, Vermont aged' having lived in the Green Mountains for 17 years. Before coming to Cabot, he worked for Woodchuck Hard Cider in Middlebury, Vermont and prior to that as a news producer at WCAX-TV in Burlington, Vermont.

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