Family & Consumer Science Members Participate in Conference

Farm To Table Conference The Family and Consumer Sciences  Department  attended the local Farm to Table conference on March 24, 2017. Some of the attendees included Pine-Richland High School teachers Kathy Bylinowski and  Heidi Davis and Pine-Richland Middle School Teacher Erika Graham. 

The 11th Annual Farm to Table Conference was hosted at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. This year, the conference focused on the origins on food while also exploring community and culture with the theme: Growing Roots for Healthy Communities.  The conference featured exhibitors, speakers and local food tastings.

Events within the conference included the popular conference kick-off “Friday Night Food Tasting,” a variety of educational opportunities, cooking demonstrations, food sampling, nutrition information, and health and wellness discussions.

Farm to Table taught attendees about where their food originates, the advantages of eating local (for health and economic reasons), and provides attendees the opportunity to meet businesses owners, farmers, purveyors, food producers,  and organizations who can provide them with healthy food and lifestyle options.

The two-day event served as a valuable resource both to those who are looking to learn more about eating locally and those who are already well versed in Farm to Table culture. 

“This year’s conference was all about celebrating the diversity of our local ingredients and multi-cultural cooking methods that make eating local fun, educational, enriching- and most importantly, a way to communicate," 

said Erin Hart, director of  Health Benefit Services for the American HealthCare Group and founder of Farm to Table Pittsburgh. "

Food is the great connector, connecting us to our history, to the earth, and to each other. Food is also central to building community, revitalizing neighborhoods, and bridging gaps

that may separate us.”