02/26/2024
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A staff reportBladen County, North Carolina – On February 22nd, from 12 to 2 p.m., an empowering event is set to unfold at Bladen Community College’s Workforce Development Building (Building 14), located at 7418 NC Highway 41 West, Dublin. This pivotal gathering, titled “Visioning Our Food Future,” promises to be more than just a forum; it’s a call to action for community members to actively participate in shaping the trajectory of Bladen County’s food system.At the core of this forum lies a shared commitment to fostering food justice, sustainability, and community resilience. Attendees will have the opportunity to delve into the county’s food system plan, gaining insights into its current state while exploring avenues for improvement. More importantly, this event provides a platform for voices to be heard, ideas to be shared, and feedback to be collected from the very individuals who are intimately connected to the local food landscape.The significance of this forum cannot be overstated. In a world where the importance of food security and access to nutritious options is increasingly recognized, community engagement is paramount. By coming together to discuss challenges, opportunities, and innovative solutions, attendees can collectively chart a course towards a more equitable, resilient, and sustainable food future for Bladen County.Whether you’re a farmer, a consumer, a policymaker, or an advocate, your presence and participation are invaluable. This forum is not just about identifying problems; it’s about catalyzing meaningful action and effecting tangible change. It’s about harnessing the power of community collaboration to build a food system that nourishes both body and soul, while safeguarding the planet for future generations.As we stand on the cusp of a new era, fraught with both challenges and possibilities, let us seize this opportunity to come together as a community and envision a food future that reflects our shared values and aspirations. Let us harness the collective wisdom, passion, and ingenuity of Bladen County residents to cultivate a more just, sustainable, and vibrant local food system.Mark your calendars, spread the word, and join us on February 22nd for the “Visioning Our Food Future” February Food Forum. Together, we can sow the seeds of change, cultivate resilience, and harvest a future where everyone has access to healthy, affordable, and culturally relevant food options. See you there!

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