Deborah Kane, Vice President of Food and Farms a food hub in Oregon attended a meeting at the White House, in Washington, DC, on July 6, 2011. She was asked to participate along with President Barack Obama, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the President's Domestic Policy Adviser Melody Barnes and rural communities leaders from across the country for the White House Rural Champions of Change event to strengthen rural communities and promote economic growth. Deborah is the Vice President of Food and Farms at Ecotrust, a non-profit organization based in Oregon. She has led the way on some incredibly innovative and meaningful projects that are supporting Oregonâs small, rural farms while bringing healthy, local food to school cafeterias throughout the state. One of these projects, FoodHub (www.food-hub.org), allows for farmers and institutional purchasers to set up profiles and link up with one another, similar to Craigslist or even Match.com. She is also a host-site for the soon-to-be-launched national Food Corps, an AmeriCorps program that places service members in schools to establish gardens and provide nutrition education. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.
April 28, 2014
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