Two 'Agvocates' from Prince George's County Speak at 2018 FoodTank Summit

Liz Whitehurst from Owl’s Nest Farm in Upper Marlboro and Meredith Epstein with the Institute of Applied Agriculture in College Park and the Maryland chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition were featured at this year’s FoodTank Summit! You can catch the recording here.

The Power of Community Supported Agriculture: An Interview with Liz Whitehurst
Liz Whitehurst, the owner and operator of Owl’s Nest Farm, will be speaking at the upcoming Washington, D.C. Food Tank Summit: “Cultivating the Next Generation of Young Food Leaders,” in partnership with George Washington University, World Resources Institute, the National Farmers Union, Future Farmers of America, and the National Young Farmers Coalition on February 28, 2018. Read this FoodTank article here.

FT: How are you helping to build a better food system?

LW: I’m growing food in a way that’s healthy for people and for the environment.

In particular, I’m a CSA farmer, and I think CSA’s model the kind of food system we should be working toward. CSA farms grow a diversity of crops that are marketed locally, CSA farmers have a direct relationship with eaters, and CSA members eat a wide variety of fresh, local, and seasonal food. Plus, having farmers and eaters share the risk and reward of each season allows farmers like me to do the hard work that we love.


Meredith Epstein Encourages and Educates the Next Generation of Farmers
Meredith Epstein, an expert agricultural educator,  will be speaking at the Washington D.C. Food Tank Summit titled, “Cultivating the Next Generation of Young Food Leaders,” held in partnership with The George Washington University, The World Resources Institute, the National Farmers Union, the National FFA Organization, and the National Young Farmers Coalition on February 28, 2018. Read this FoodTank article here.

FT: How are you helping to build a better food system?

ME: I am helping to train the next generation of environmentally sound, economically viable, and socially responsible farmers.