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Feeding the City: A Panel Discussion

Feeding the City: A Panel Discussion

People shopping at a farmers market.Tuesday, September 25, 2012

This event was a panel discussion featuring local food distributors and producers who explored what it means to eat and feed in Fort Wayne. Even as the global food industry makes many of the same foods available throughout the US and the world, more people are looking locally to food suppliers they can know personally. We were privileged to have an open discussion with some of the people most connected to food in our city.


  • Damian Fleming, assistant professor, English & linguistics, and program coordinator, medieval studies


  • Elizabeth Mannir, limited term lecturer, women’s studies


  • Jane Avery, Executive Director, Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, Inc.
  • Cyndi A. Demaree, President/Co-Owner, Firefly Coffee House, Inc.
  • Ricky Kemery, Purdue Horticulture Extension Educator/Allen County
  • Fritz Hoffman, General Manager, J.K. O'Donnell's Irish Ale House
  • Dan Campbell, Affiné Food Truck
  • Derek Dailey, President, IPFW Urban and Community Gardening Organization