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Regional Food Solutions LLC provides organizations and businesses with expert project development, writing, research, and facilitation. Regional Food Solutions’ focus is the community economic development power that comes from supporting family-scale, place-based farms in their work to produce food that is healthy for people and the planet.

Regional Food Solutions brings Patty Cantrell’s experience over 20 years in the field covering and developing community economic development initiatives.

Patty Cantrell, principal of Regional Food Solutions LLC, recently returned to the Missouri Ozarks from northwest Michigan where she worked for many years in local and regional food system development. At the Michigan Land Use Institute she founded and directed the successful Taste the Local Difference regional local food marketing initiative, now in its tenth year. She designed associated efforts that are permanent and powerful parts of northwest Michigan’s growing local food scene, such as Get Farming! business classes and the Northwest Michigan Food and Farming Network. She was a member of the Michigan Food Policy Council, chaired the Michigan Good Food Charter’s “food system infrastructure” task force, and was a national Food and Society Policy Fellow (2007-2009).

Recent consulting and writing projects include authorship of the national Food Innovation District development guide with the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments and Michigan State University’s Center for Regional Food Systems. She is co-author of Solving Local, a 2014 report for the Wallace Center at Winrock International/National Good Food Network on regional food hubs partnering with larger buyers to scale up local food.

In 2012, Patty brought her passion for regional food system development to the TEDx Manhattan stage in New York City with her presentation “New Roads to New Markets.”

Patty holds a masters degree in business administration from Drury University and was a 1987-88 Fulbright Scholar in Germany after completing bachelors degrees in economics and political science at the University of Missouri-Columbia.



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