Locally grown and locally sold

What:     PWCA 1st Thursdays – Local Food & Sustainable Agriculture
When:    Thursday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Where:  Bull Run Unitarian Universalist Church, 9350 Main St., Manassas

Once home to a thriving farming community, subdivisions and shopping centers have replaced much of Prince William’s rural landscape. This loss isn’t unique to Prince William. Family farms have given way to corporate agribusiness nationwide, essentially entrusting the quality of our food and well being to big business.

Today, after years of rising obesity and blood pressure, fast food diets are giving way to increasing interest in locally grown food… fresher food that retains more nutrients.

Better food is only part of the benefit. Locally grown means locally sold. Supporting urban farming also preserves open space, improves the appearance of our community and supports our local economy, helping keep our taxes in check.

Do you know where your food comes from and what’s in it? How far did it have to travel before reaching your table? Is it even possible to have agriculture in DC’s densely populated suburbs?

On March 4 at 7:00 p.m., Hiu Newcomb, owner of Potomac Vegetable Farms, will tackle these questions and talk about the benefits of locally grown food and sustainable agriculture.

Hiu and her late husband Tony began farming in Fairfax County in the early 1960s. Less than ten years later they gave up their careers to become full time farmers. Today, in addition to their original roadside stand, Potomac Vegetable Farms grows crops for sale at farmers markets and through an extensive Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to find out more about the benefits of locally grown food. Hiu’s presentation will be followed by a community discussion, so bring your questions and ideas!

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