A new year is upon us – one that holds great potential for forward movement and positive change. But often the keys to unlocking the future lay in revisiting the past. As I have been reflecting on the past six years of monthly Land and Table potlucks I look back at the original research paper I put together documenting the economic impact the local food movement was having on a national scale and in Virginia. It was this paper that helped spark our original potluck discussions. And out of these early discussions emerged two critical questions for those of us in the Lynchburg regional area: “What do we want regional leaders to do to grow the local food movement?” and “What can we do to grow the local food movement?”

I now realize that I have only partially leaned into answering these questions over the years – waiting for someone, some mythical leaders, to do the work that I see needs to be done – to support, cultivate, and grow the local food movement. But those of us who see the work before us can no longer wait for others to dig in, we cannot wait for the support and resources, we cannot wait for the leadership to emerge – we must become the Leaders, the Supporters, the Resourcers, the Forgers, the Forerunners, who cut the path, who stir the pot, who prepare the field. I realize now that I have been waiting for one question to be fulfilled so that I could move forward with the other. But the whole time – the two questions were one and the same. We must be the leaders.

I am also now pushing into new, related questions for 2018: “What part can I play in creating the kind of community I want to live in?” “Do each one of us see how we fit into a bigger picture?”

Join us on Tuesday, January 9th (5-8pm) in Appomattox (Local APX Market) – and Tuesday, January 16th (5-8pm) in Sedalia (Sedalia Center in northern Bedford County) for a potluck and discussion, as we explore these old and new questions, what they mean for Land and Table this year, and how accelerating the local food movement in the Lynchburg regional area could impact each one of us and in turn the wider community.


Tuesday, January 9, 2018 / Appomattox

WHERE:
Local APX Market / hosted by Don and Nancy Wilk
1848 Church Street, Appomattox, VA 24522
Parking is available in the rear of the building (go down alleyway on the left side of the building) or along Main Street in Appomattox.

WHEN:
Tuesday, January 9 (5-8pm)
5:00-5:45 | Arrive and network
5:45-6:45 | Eating and networking
6:45-8:00 | 2018 Vision w/ Jason Fowler (Land and Table co-founder and coordinator) and Discussion

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Healthy dinner food to share
  • Your own dishware (plate or bowl, cup, silverware ,etc)
  • A quiet game or toys if you are bringing kids (we will be indoors)

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018 / Bedford County (Sedalia)

WHERE:
The Sedalia Center
1108 Sedalia School Road Big Island, VA 24526

WHEN:
Tuesday, January 16 (5-8pm)
5:00-5:45 | Arrive and network
5:45-6:45 | Eating and networking
6:45-8:00 | 2018 Vision and Discussion

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Healthy dinner food to share
  • Your own dishware (plate or bowl, cup, silverware ,etc)
  • A quiet game or toys if you are bringing kids (we will be indoors)


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