April 28, 2014 Posted by Mike Gaughn in news

Margaret Lapp & Natalie Cook From Creating Healthy Places Visit Bent's

Natalie Cook & Margaret Lapp from the Cornell Cooperative Extension's Creating Healthy Places program visited Bent's last week to talk about ways to involve area farmers with the cooperative marketplace being considered for the opera house's first floor.
From left: Margaret Lapp, Natalie Cook, Michael Gaughn

From left: Margaret Lapp, Natalie Cook, Michael Gaughn (photos by Kelsie Withey)

Margaret and Natalie are looking both to revive the practice of gleaning, where produce left over from a farmer's harvest is given to the poor, and to educate poor families on ways to improve their nutrition by embracing fresh produce instead of pre-packaged foods. The marketplace at Bent's could help to make customers aware of the value of supporting local farmers, using fresh produce, and supporting programs for the needy, such as the Food Bank of Western New York.
Andrew Meier and I will be meeting with other key people involved with local cooperative marketplaces, farm-to-table initiatives, and other efforts to support locally sourced goods over the next two weeks in an effort to create a viable and relevant market tied directly to the area's agricultural tradition.


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