PAYETTE - Food production, distribution, processing, consumption and waste are all important parts of our regional food system, our local economy and lifestyles. What does a map of these aspects in the Western Treasure Valley look like? What do you want it to look like?

The University of Idaho invites local businesses and non-profits, hospitals, producers and members of the public to have a say in future food and agriculture-related economic development projects. 

On Feb. 7 at Saint Alphonsus, 351 S.W. Ninth St., Ontario, Don Roumagoux Conference Room from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the University is convening a Community Food Systems Gathering hosted by the Western Treasure Valley Community Food System Steering Committee.

The University says this is an opportunity for the public to engage in an informed and facilitated discussion about food, education, and agriculture in the community and begin to work towards solutions together that will help build a healthier, more equitable, and resilient food system.

“The Community Food Systems Steering Committee has been working over the last eight months to develop goals for our regional food system,” said Karie Boone, Extension Educator for the University of Idaho. “The steering committee is a group of innovative individuals from various sectors of our food system including production, labor, consumption, food access and health.”

For more information and to RSVP, contact Karie Boone at the University of Idaho Extension Office, Payette at (208) 642-6022 or

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