Small town business leaders team up to fill gaps in local food financing.
Patty Cantrell researches, writes, and speaks nationally about local food as community economic development. She offers strategic communications and project consulting through her business Regional Food Solutions LLC. After many years leading regional food initiatives in Michigan, Cantrell returned in 2013 to her home territory in the Missouri Ozarks. Her current writing includes Good Food Economy Digest blogs for the Wallace Center at Winrock International, home of the National Good Food Network. Other recent work includes Food Innovation Districts: An Economic Gardening Tool, which won a 2013 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations, and Food Hubs: Solving Local, a wholesale marketing report for the Wallace Center. In 2012 she brought her food system insights and expertise to the TEDx Manhattan stage.