Local food, local farmers, local discussion.

The first York County Local Food Summit will bring all of those together on Wednesday at the 4-H Center at 711 Stoverstown Road.

Community groups and local food advocates are coming together to discuss how to make it easier for farmers to share food within the county, get fresh food to hard-to-reach areas, and boost the local food economy.

"We wanted to have everyone at the table," said Tia Underkoffler, a 4-H urban educator who is helping to organize the event.

Organizers are trying to promote a sustainable, localized food system.

"We know there are problems, but we're not sure where those breakdowns are," she said.

Underkoffler said lawmakers, farmers, county officials and everyday consumers are all going to be part of the discussion.

Organizers include Penn State Extension, Buy Fresh Buy Local, Spoutwood Farm, Sunnyside Farm, the York City Health Bureau, YorKitchen and WellSpan.

Workshops, food and a keynote speech are included for the $30 registration fee.

The keynote speaker is filmmaker Ana Sofia, who directed "Fresh," a look at people at the forefront of reinventing the American food system.

Underkoffler said York County is in the midst of organizing a Food Policy Council, similar to what Adams and other counties have. The summit will help give insight about food transportation, school food policies and other issues the council could help address.


The summit lasts from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is encouraged and can be done by calling 891-2503 or emailing tmp156@psu.edu. More information is available at http://yorkcountylocalfoodsummit.eventbrite.com.

- Reach Andrew Shaw at ashaw@yorkdispatch.com