Monday, February 24, 2020

SEEDS Hosts Resilient Regional Economies Program With Sustainable Business Entrepreneur Judy Wicks March 21 In Wayne County

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy and Education Development Support) will host a presentation on “Resilient Regional Economies” by renowned entrepreneur, author, and acclaimed speaker, Judy Wicks on March 21, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon, at The Cooperage Project, 1030 Main Street, Honesdale, PA. 
An early pioneer of the farm-to-table and local economy movements, Wicks is nationally recognized for developing a blueprint for sustainable, local business practices. 
Since starting Philadelphia’s landmark farm-to-table restaurant, White Dog Cafe in 1983, she has founded many regional and national organizations such as BALLE (now Common Future), the Sustainable Business Network of Philadelphia, and All Together Now PA.
Wicks’ work continues to connect urban and rural communities, farmers with entrepreneurs, investors with borrowers, producers with consumers, and engage them in a collaborative effort to build just, resilient, and self-reliant regional economies throughout Pennsylvania.
“Judy brings an entrepreneur's perspective of regional supply chains and local economy. Her restaurant was wildly successful because of its practices, which restaurant schools at the time considered to be all the ‘wrong things,’” said SEEDS Board Member Jack Barnett.  “From that success she learned the critical importance of investing in local businesses, of local businesses buying from other small businesses, and especially for agriculture and local food providers,”  
“I'm excited that she'll be sharing this with us, just as our community leaders have recognized the key role agriculture has in our economy.”
The March 21 program will include light breakfast refreshments and a presentation by Wicks, followed by a brief question and answer session. 
“Resilient Regional Economies” Gold Sponsors include: Pocono Mountains Visitor Bureau, Turano Insurance, and Wayne Economic Development Corporation. Silver sponsors include: Farm Arts Collective, Gincgo Inc., Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture Wayne County Chapter, and Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau. Bronze sponsors include: The Cooperage Project.
Admission is $10 ($5 for SEEDS members). Tickets are available online.
SEEDS is a nonprofit environmental education organization based in Honesdale, and serving northeastern Pennsylvania, promoting sustainable energy and sustainable living.
For more information, visit the SEEDS (Sustainable Energy and Education Development Support) website or contact Executive Director Olga Trushina by sending an email to: t or call 570)-245–1256.
[Posted: February 24, 2020]  PA Environment Digest

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