A highlight for us this past week was participating in a conference at Notre Dame sponsored by the University's Nanovic Institute on "The Future of Food." Representatives from the European Union and sustainability leaders from the US convened to discuss the state of the current food system and emerging models for growing food that bring resilience to our cities. Chefs, academicians, policymakers, farmers, and local sustainability practitioners (Green Bridge Growers, Unity Gardens, Rise Up Farms, Edible Michiana Magazine, Prairie Winds Nature Farm, and Center for a Sustainable Future) were all part of the mix. Blend these ingredients, and the conference was outstanding for the all the learning and connections that were part of the day.
We've had a full, busy week. One of the items on our agenda was the Indiana Poverty Summit at Notre Dame's Center for Social Concerns, where the problem of poverty here in the state was examined in a series of presentations and workshops. Being proactive about poverty and not just responding to emergencies was an important theme of the day. The economists and experts at the conference prodded us to think about new approaches to addressing poverty and unemployment, and community-based solutions such as social enterprise were an important part of the discussion. It was good to connect with those who had similar concerns and to share our model with others in our region and statewide.
Green Bridge Growers is a social enterprise created to put to work the many gifts and skills of young adults with autism. Our founders, Chris and Jan, are building an exciting venture that grows fresh local food and grows great jobs for autistic adults. We invite you to learn about us and follow our work!