Moderated by DWT partner Jim Greenfield, the third installment of DWT and Forterra's Creating a Great Global Region series was an interesting and engaging evening focused on how social equity, community building and conversation of farmland intersect around food. The event consisted of a panel discussion of prominent members of the local agriculture and hospitality industries, followed by a group workshop, and ended with a networking reception.
Watch a short recap of the event, or watch the panel presentation in full.
- Linda Neunzig, Owner of Ninety Farms. Linda explained why being a sustainable farmer makes business sense.
- Branden Born, Associate Professor, Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington. Branden provided an overview of the importance of everyone in the community having access to local, healthy food.
- Scott Shapiro, Developer of Capitol Hill's Melrose Market and Managing Director of Eagle Rock Ventures. Scott explained how physical space plays a key role in community building and how it can help with conversation of farmland.
- Matthew Dillon, Chef and owner of Sitka & Spruce, The Corson Building, and Bar Sajor. Matthew explained the importance of the locally sourced food as well as how the location of restaurants can shape or transform a community.