Farm to Fork

Doors will open at 5 pm for June’s Farm-to-Fork discussion.

As many California citizens know, our state is widely known as being one of the best agricultural sites in the nation. According to the USDA’s crop statistics for 2013, California was the top selling agriculture states in the nation, with its farms earning $46.4 billion in revenue. More than a third of America’s vegetables and two thirds of its fruits and nuts were farmed in our beloved Golden State.

These astounding numbers have brought up a daunting question: Why, in an agriculturally buzzing state, are there so many hungry people?

Sacramento citizens will be discussing this question and many more at the second ‘Hunger in the Farm-to-Fork Capital’ event of the year.

Hunger in the Farm-to-Fork Capital is a community discussion designed to decipher the reasons behind Sacramento’s hunger issue and how to solve it. The conversation is sponsored by Capital Public Radio and Village Square in association with many non-profit organizations set on improving life in our community.

“I think that there are a number of ways,” said Community Engagement Specialist Jessica Maria Ross in a podcast with Capital Public Radio when asked how we as a city should go about reducing the number of hungry people in California. “But the first one that I think is most important is by creating spaces and processes for people with diverse perspectives to come together and share their experiences, personal stories, and make some meaning of it…”

Though the event is free, it requires pre-registration, as seats fill up quickly. Everyone is welcome to join the conversation, enjoy appetizers, and listen to real radio broadcasts of people dealing with hunger and poverty. The event will be held at the Clunie Community Center on June 3rd. Doors open at 5:00 pm.

To get more information about the event, you can contact Tara Thronson at villagesquare@valleyvision.org.

To view California’s agricultural crop statistic for the year 2013, you can go here.

If you would like to see Capital Public Radio’s documentary “Hidden Hunger”, or simply get some more insight concerning their goals with eliminating hunger in Sacramento, you can view their website here.