For the first time in its 111 year history the National Farmers Union will hold its convention in New England and Fresh Advantage’s Marydale DeBor is pleased attend as a member of the New England Farmers Union board of directors and delegate to the national convention.

Marydale will present at a breakout session called “Scaling up to Meet Demand” which will look at how farmers can grow to meet the demand for local foods by expanding and by working with fellow family farmers through cooperatives and other organizations.

Marydale DeBor, spreads the message of “Food is Primary Care™” “Health care institutions can become powerful change agents in promoting public health and reversing the trends of obesity and chronic disease,” Debor said. “And they can do this while they also build sustainable local and regional food systems.” She will discuss models that exist and new possibilities created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.

Marydale Speaking

“With the addition of a New England chapter in 2009, the National Farmers Union recognizes the role that farmers and fisherman operating in rural, urban and peri-urban locations play in our nation’s agricultural economy,” said Marydale DeBor. “The support that farm programs offer to agriculture and fisheries in all geographic environments enhance the diversity and strength of our food system and promote its sustainability,” she said.

2013 National Farmers Union Convention, March 2-5, 2013, Springfield, Mass. — Mass Mutual Center
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