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FOOD FIGHT CONFERENCE PLENARY 2 - Finberg & panelists north Portland. So hopefully we’ll see that soon through the state as well as private sector funding. Adam Kohl: I did that. There are some developed resources in an organization called Kitchen Commons, It has a guidebook on how to create a community kitchen at your congregation or institution. It’s been documented. If you’re part of a group or an organization or a facility that wants to pursue that, you don’t have to reinvent it. It’s out there. MF: And we also have a guide on using and transforming your church kitchen to become a microbusiness incubator. And that’s a publication that we put out through our USDA brand. GJ: It’s a challenging question. It’s exciting to hear all the responses. And what I know for sure is that we’re all passionate about this question, and I’m sure that it affects us all directly in different ways. And for me, one of the most powerful ways of addressing it is to start to pay attention to the ways I approach my food. And it’s just such a beautiful response to the opportunities that we’ve been given here in Portland, and there are many. The food you see, the produce on the table here is all locally grown, Oregon and Washington, seasonal and available. And even for myself, I hadn’t actually been out to the garden in a long time. This morning I was tromping about with the nine feral cats that have taken over our backyard, and I found great abundance. Not all of this have I grown. I rely on farmers’ markets and local producers for other things. But in our place, we can each make a difference, and that can begin with a single fork full of food, and so I heartily encourage you to start there, because beautiful conversations come from it that motivate people to do vast things. We share with our elder neighbor. Our fence fell down a few years ago, and instead of building a new fence, we planted a garden for her, and it’s just been fantastic because it allowed her access beyond the Fred Meyer groceries she was getting store-to-door, and it changed her life in those years, and it’s so easy. BHG: Let’s thank our panelists so much for joining us today. [Applause] 45