PITTSFIELD — The Pittsfield Food Policy council has partnered with the Mid-Maine Community Forum to host the first in a series of panel discussions focused on understanding production, distribution, markets and health of the food systems at work.

According to a press release, the first forum will be Pittsfield’s Food Systems: the systems, the challenges and the future of how food happens at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at First Universalist Church of Pittsfield.

An increasing number of people are interested in the journey of food from the grower to their plate, whether that food is processed or fresh, conventionally grown or organic, home cooked or bought ready to eat. A group of six people involved in different parts of Pittsfield’s food system will hold a panel discussion.

Local expert presenters include: Bill Carr, MCI Dining Services; Leah Cook, Crown of Maine Organic Cooperative; Heather Donahue, Balfour Organic Dairy; and Chris Petersen, Bud’s Shop ‘n Save.

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