The second annual Modesto Farm to Fork Event is set for Saturday, Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Methodist Church Hall, 850 16th St., Modesto, next to the Downtown Certified Farmers Market.
Senator Cathleen Galgiani will be the host and emcee.
Everyone is invited to this free event. Attendees will have a chance to learn about obesity prevention, healthy choice eating, and budgeting for meals with food program benefits.
The intent of Farm to Fork is to raise community awareness of the contribution local agriculture can have in our daily life, particularly if we chose to eat fresh and healthy produce grown locally.
It’s also designed to celebrate this incredible resource and variety of nutritious food, and the people who make it possible.
Too many are unaware of the harm being done to their families with unhealthy diets, or how easy it is to access some of the finest, freshest, healthiest and safest fruits, vegetables, poultry, dairy and meats products available anywhere in the world, and they are grown right here in our community.
The event partners include local farmers, health organizations, food programs, educators, and non-profits: Modesto Certified Farmers Market, Stanislaus County Farm Bureau, UC Cooperative Extension, Stanislaus County Women for Agriculture, California Almond Board, Modesto City Schools, California Strawberry Commission, Stanislaus County Office of Education, Catholic Charities, Gregori High School FFA, Davis High School FFA, Keep It Local Stanislaus Grown, Tyson Hill Farms, Second Harvest Food Bank, Central Valley Farmland Trust, Stanislaus 4H, Pageo Lavender Farms, Ag Link CONNECT, United Way, UC Cooperative Extension, Hilmar Cheese, Stanislaus County Farm Bureau, Health Plan of San Joaquin and Modesto Junior College Agriculture Department.
The event will include a cooking demonstration by two local chefs, who will use fresh, locally grown produce to make healthy, nutritious, affordable and delicious breakfast, lunch and dinners that the audience can make at home.
Modesto City Schools will provide information about nutrition and their breakfast and lunch programs; WIC and Second Harvest will provide information about access and healthy eating for financially stressed families.
For more information, contact Senator Galgiani’s Modesto office at 209-576-6273 or Robin Adam at 209-658-2600.