The Greater Akron Innovation Network for Sustainability (GAINS) met in April to discuss Akron’s local food initiatives and its increasingly important impact on neighborhood revitalization and accessibility. Speakers included Lisa Nunn, director at Let’s Grow Akron, who creates and supports community gardens and beautification sites in neighborhoods with limited access to fresh food and green space.
Also, Beth Knorr, markets manager, Countryside Conservancy discussed the trend for spawning local food entrepreneurs represented at farmer’s markets and distributing product in multiple food channels. The purpose of Countryside Conservancy is to connect people, food and land by increasing public awareness of how food and farming impact personal, community, and environmental health, and by inspiring personal commitment to building a resilient, sustainable food culture.
For more information, visit the GAINS Facebook page.