Talk about food: Nov. 7 at College of the Siskiyous

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Renee Casterline, Great Northern Corporation's Community Food Program Manager.

Opinions expressed by county residents in Great Northern Corporation's community food security survey and the needs identified will be reviewed Nov. 7 at College of the Siskiyous in Weed.

Topics scheduled to be discussed during the free event from 1 to 5 p.m. include projects from around the county that are driven by community volunteers who are committed to creating local food resources.

Renee Casterline, Great Northern's Community Food Program Manager, encourages people "interested in local food and starting your own food business" to attend.

"We'll hear about community food projects, GNC's community food security survey results and listen to a panel talk about the Cottage Food Law in Siskiyou County," Casterline said in a post on Mount Shasta Area Newspapers' Facebook page.

The survey and community food conversation assets and resources data was gathered as part of Great Northern's USDA funded Community Food Security Assessment grant activity.

Thursday's event is free of charge and is being held in the COS Life Science Room 100. Topics will include:

-- What county residents had to say in the community food security survey and what needs were identified. During this time, Great Northern says participants will have the opportunity to network on topics that include new and established community gardens, food preservation networks, whole food education and alternative food resources, such as gleaning.

-- Opportunities under the Cottage Food Law to create a home-based food business.

Guest speakers include Diane Gularte of Dolce Fiore, Siskiyou County's first Cottage Food permitted business; Dina Elinson of the Siskiyou County Environmental Health Division, which administers the Cottage Food Law, and will discuss the requirements of the law in Siskiyou County.

Leslie Ellorin will speak about the variety of markets in Siskiyou County for home food producers; and Nancy Swift of Jefferson Economic Development Institute will discuss how JEDI can assist residents with business training and resources for creating a home-based food business.

The presentations will be followed by a question and answer period.

Great Northern said "gas vouchers will be made available to those that need them to attend," thanks to Cross Petroleum.

Contact Renee Casterline at 938-4115, ext. 116 for more information.