Creating a Working Food Distribution Hub
Join Jeff Wright of Wright’s Market in New Port Richey, Karen King of Mt. Citra Farm in Citra, and Sundiata Ameh-El of Red Hills Market in Tallahassee to look at some challenges and successes in getting products to market through multiple avenues. Bring your ideas and experiences and take part in a discussion with our panel on how to build a food distribution hub that works!
Karen King is a Florida farmer and former grocery store owner (both in Florida and Illinois). She has won multiple awards for her environmental and business efforts including: Best New Business, Green Business Award, and Best Environmental Program. Her farm, Mt Citra Farm, is known throughout the State of Florida, and her pork can be found on the menu at D’Lucas and Nineteen61. She and her husband also grow produce on their farm in Citra, and have a farm store on the property. She has distributed her products to grocery stores throughout Tampa, Clearwater, and Gainesville, and has worked with chefs from Jacksonville to Orlando to procure and aggregate produce and meats from her farm and other local farmers.
Sundiata is a social entrepreneur, farmer and mentor. Sundiata is Director of the iGrow “Whatever You Like” Urban Farm, Owner of Compost Community and Director of the Ausar-Oko Urban Farm Network. His primary objectives are focused on education and job creation utilizing a concept of “strategic aggression.” Sundiata envisions communities with urban farms all throughout urban areas with satellite farms in rural areas to produce the volume necessary to minimize food insecurity. He is currently involved with multiple projects to educate people of all ages regarding the importance of good soil and food sovereignty.