Deschutes Public Library News
Go Green - Support Local Farms
Posted By: Liz Goodrich
Date Posted: 7/31/2007
Do you know where your food comes from? Learn about the value of supporting local farms from Bend Farmers Market director, Katrina Wiest at Bend Public Library’s Admin Conference Room (507 NW Wall) on August 14 at 6:30 p.m. The presentation is part of the Go Green Series being presented by Deschutes Public Library and The Green Spot. The organizations have partnered to bring the Go Green series to the communities of Central Oregon. Each month, through November, a local expert will present info on how people can painlessly go green.
Wiest has been the market director of the Bend Farmer’s Market for the past 6 years. The market, according to Wiest, has been in existence for 8 years. “We’re a non profit organization and although the numbers vary week to week, we currently have 32 vendors selling their produce and other goods.” Wiest is a huge proponent of local agriculture. “98% of us are consumers of agriculture and only 2% of us are producers. We are getting farther away from our food sources.” Wiest says that farmers markets keep people in touch with their food and the farmers producing it. “You know where your food is coming from if you buy it from a local producer.” Wiest says with the addition of the Friday market at St. Charles Medical Center, the vendors and farmers have another opportunity to get their goods into the hands of consumers.
The Go Green series continues next month at the Redmond Public Library with a presentation by Merle Irvine about recycling opportunities in Central Oregon. For more information about this or other library programs, please call 312-1032. For more information about The Green Spot visit www.thegreenspot.org.