December 6, 2017 at 2:16 pm

Food Matters Highlights Women of Local Food System

Food Matters at Ohio University, logo with green pattern

Food Matters, the student organization affiliated with the Food Studies theme, hosted a panel highlighting women in the local food system at a Dec. 5 event titled Women Grow Ohio.

The panel included: Becky Clark of Pork and Pickles, Christine Hughes of the Village Bakery, Marjie Shew of Shew’s Grass Fed Beef, Juanita Lapp of Lapp it Up! Kombucha, and Erin Hogan of Squeaky Duck Farmstead.

The Women Grow Ohio panelists seated in a table at the front of the room.

Women Grow Ohio panelists.

The wide range of backgrounds and experiences of these women blended together perfectly to create a diverse conversation. Joy Kostansek and Rachel McDonald mediated a discussion with questions about being a woman in the food industry. This included the kinds of barriers they face, stereotypes placed on them, and how they have overcome such hurdles.

Overall, the evening was both enlightening and inspiring. The room was filled with a wide range of faculty, community members, and students. Many people gave positive feedback at the conclusion of the event, and Food Matters is planning on hosting an event of similar caliber next semester.

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