San Antonio is getting even more serious about local food, food "deserts" (those areas without access to nutritious whole foods), seasonal eats, and farm-to-table meals. In other words, accessibility to farm-grown, Texas produce and goods is more important than ever as our food system becomes more mechanized, big, unhealthy and impersonal. As if our farmer's markets, community gardens, and restaurants offering unique real food plates weren't enough, this May 10-11 the city will host the first annual Food Policy Conference.
The event, sponsored by the Food Council of San Antonio in partnership with the Community Food Security Coalition, aims to garner interest from community members, then educate and set them out into their neighborhood to create useable agriculture systems (in fact the conference's slogan reads, "Sustaining our Food, Sustaining our Future"). Goals include: increasing awareness of the food system and the players in that system, learning the impacts the food system has on the community and individuals, stimulating thought about conference participants’ role in the food system, motivating conference participants to become change agents in the food system, understanding existing policy issues and challenges, and building a statewide network of Food Policy Councils.
Local food and beverages will be served in the spirit of the event and local chefs like Restaurant Gwendolyn's Michael Sohocki will offer a presentation. Other events will include a tour of the Spurs Community Garden (at the San Antonio Food Bank).
The conference registration fee for both days is $60. For more information and a list of events, visit www.sabalance.org/Home/FoodPolicyConference.
Liz Schau is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor who specializes in nutritional changes for women with thyroid disease, food allergies, autoimmunity, and digestive health concerns. You can find her at LizSchau.com.