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Chesapeake Foodshed Study Looks to Improve Farm-To-Plate Food Flow

Post Date:08/08/2018 4:06 PM

August 8, 2018

Elkton, MD. – A team from the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-­Ecology will host a community discussion on our local food system on Monday, August 27th, Cecil County Farm to Plate Promo5:30-7:30PM, at the Elkton Branch of the Cecil County Public Library, 301 Newark Ave., Elkton, as a part of the Chesapeake Foodshed Study. The Center hopes to define how products flow from the farm to the consumer’s plate through the year-long study.

Community discussions will be conducted throughout the State of Maryland to obtain input and feedback from those working and living in select communities, including Charlotte Hall, Salisbury, Baltimore, Silver Spring, McHenry, Frederick and Elkton.

Participants will engage in round-table discussions with self-selected topics such as How I Buy; Who Do I Trust With My Food; How I Eat, and The Future of Food.

The goal of the project is to determine how supply chain participants, policymakers, and food system advocates can shift the regional food supply to better serve communities in the Chesapeake Bay region.

In addition to a GAP analysis to identify opportunities for value chain integration for local farms, the project will also establish a consumer demand profile, assess production capacity in the region, and identify and profile supply chain clusters.

The community-­focused discussions are intended to complement the rest of the Chesapeake Foodshed Study, which looks at the entire food supply in the Chesapeake region. The project team has also held discussions with producers, industry, and supply chain participants, in addition to community, advocacy, and assistance organizations working throughout the region. These interviews serve as in-depth look into specific communities, topics, and topic areas and focused on current obstacles and views on the future of agriculture in the region.

“I think the event is a great opportunity to bring people with different backgrounds in on a common goal, and that goal is a more inclusive opportunity to unite consumers and producers in an effort to move more food at the local level,” said Chris Cochran, Agri-Business Coordinator for the Cecil County Office of Economic Development.

The project, funded by the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-­Ecology, will utilize these discussions to make recommendations that help prepare for a more stable, equitable, and profitable future for the Chesapeake Bay Foodshed. The Center is a 501 (c)(3) corporation affiliated with the University of Maryland College Park and the University System of Maryland.

To register for the talk, visit


For more information, contact:
Jennifer Lyall
Public Information Officer

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