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Lisa Rose Starner, author of "Grand Rapids Food: A Culinary Revolution" will be leading a community conversation on urban food innovation this Thursday at the downtown branch of the Grand Rapids Public Library
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Starner in her garden

Starner in her garden /Jonathan Timothy Stoner

This Thursday at 7 p.m., the Grand Rapids Public Library's GR Reads program welcomes local food advocate, urban farmer, herbalist and author Lisa Rose Starner to share stories of local people creating community change in our food culture.

"Being part of the GR Reads program is a wonderful way to help elevate the conversation in the community around food and urban food systems," says Starner. "My upcoming presentation will not only focus on my perspective of what's growing here in the local food, but attendees will have a chance to hear first hand the struggles and successes of working here in our Grand Rapids community on various facets of the local food system -- from new food business start-ups to social justice to urban farming."

Starner, who recently published her book "Grand Rapids Food: A Culinary Revolution" will be moderating a community conversation about our local food system, the environment and the local food economy.

The conversation will include a panel of local food experts with the theme "Urban Food Innovations."

"[We'll] share the work of individuals pushing the envelop when it comes to food and farming business design including farm to table 'employee owned' restaurants, urban agriculture, social justice and ensuring access to fresh and healthful local foods for all in our community," says Starner.

Panelists will include Bartertown Diner, Uptown Farm, Our Kitchen Table and the Fulton Street Farmers Market. Starner says the panel is designed to be interactive.

"So, bring your own questions for the group," she says, "and come prepared to be part of the conversation."    


Those interested in attending can RSVP for the free event on Facebook. The event is at the Main Library (111 Library Street NE) and runs from 7-8:30 p.m.

Starner's book can be purchased at various locations around the city.

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