Five Questions with Bernie Prince, Co-Executive Director of FRESHFARM Markets

From foodtank.com, by Bernie Prince
Five Questions with Bernie Prince, Co-Executive Director of FRESHFARM Markets

Food Tank, in partnership with The George Washington University, is hosting the 1st Annual Food Tank Summit in Washington D.C. on January 21-22, 2015.

This two-day event will feature more than 75 different speakers from the food and agriculture field. Researchers, farmers, chefs, policy makers, government officials, and students will come together for panels on topics including food waste, urban agriculture, family farmers, farm workers, and more.

Food Tank recently had the opportunity to speak with Bernie Prince, Co-Executive Director of FRESHFARM, who will be speaking at the summit.

Food Tank (FT): What will your message be at the Food Tank Summit? 

Bernie Prince (BP): I believe that supporting local farmers and producers is something everyone can do for their personal health, the future of farmland in their region, and the benefit of the planet. 

FT: How are you contributing to building a better food system?

BP: FRESHFARM Markets set the standard for eating seasonally and locally with our producer-only farmers markets in 1997, which have grown to be the largest network of farmers markets in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. FRESHFARM was the first farmers market to be certified by U.S. Department of Agriculture to accept SNAP benefits in DC, and the second to do so in Maryland. Our FoodPrints educational program for elementary school students is a model for nutrition education, providing hands-on learning about healthy eating.

FT: What are the biggest obstacles or challenges you face in achieving your organization's goals? 

BP: Change takes time and funding.

FT: Who is your food hero and why? 

BP: Peggy McGrath Rockefeller, who I knew in my work  at American Farmland Trust. She showed me that everyone needs to care about the food we eat and the farmers who grow or raise it. Her farm is now Stone Barns, a wonderful tribute to her love of farmland and local food.

FT:  In 140 characters or fewer, what is the most important thing we can all do to help change the food system? 

BP: Buy your food from local farmers and producers, and teach your children to grow and cook fresh, healthy foods.

The event is SOLD OUT, but interested participants can sign up for the live-stream HERE. Or JOIN US for dinner and a reception to celebrate Food Tank's two-year anniversary on January 21st at 5:30pm EST. This event will also sell out fast, REGISTER NOW.