Transforming Our Local Food System

Seacoast Local has a special workshop coming up on Wednesday, Aug. 5 that you’re invited to attend. It’s with June Holley (founder of ACEnet) and she’s going to help us assess our local food economy and help us to identify our next steps to make it even stronger.

Our local food system already has many great components, but we know there is room to grow broader and deeper. We’re delighted to have June help us with building this network. In particular, she’s interested in helping us identify our resources, discover what the missing links might be, and how we can make our local food enterprises grow, and be more profitable, for all of us, from farms and fishing boats to processors, markets, restaurants and distributors.

All local food leaders and resource agencies are invited to participate in this event. I hope you can attend, and please feel free to forward this to colleagues who may be interested.

Seacoast Local has organized this interactive workshop to increase the percentage of local food produced, sold and eaten in NH and across New England, as part of our mission to strengthen our local economy. We are bringing leaders in this movement together to create opportunities and solutions.

Please call 603-766-1775 with any questions about this workshop, then register!

Transforming Our Local Food System: Seacoast Local Workshop with Special Guest Leader June Holley
Workshop on Transforming Our Local Food System
Join fellow local food and enterprise leaders in an interactive workshop.
Seacoast Local

We encourage Seacoast residents to “think local first” to create a stronger economy, community and environment for all. We want to increase the percentage of local food eaten on the Seacoast by shifting 10% of the food we eat from non-local to local.

Workshop Leader:
June Holley
June was the outstanding keynote speaker at the 2009 BALLE Conference where she articulately made the case for transforming our local food systems and prescribed dynamic strategies that local leaders can embrace.
Wednesday, August 5, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


9:00      Welcome and Introduction
9:15      Speed Networking: What is the one thing you feel could really make a difference in our local food system?
9:30      Story of ACENet
10:00    Buzz in small groups
10:10    What does a healthy local food system look like?
10:30    Break
Specific strategies for transformation
12:00    How will we communicate and work together?
12:15    Review next steps and close
Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Ave. Parking available on site.
Email registration to Karen Marzloff at
$20 suggested contribution- we would like as many people as possible to attend, and don’t want cost to be a limiting factor. However, if you can contribute, we appreciate your support of this event.
Make checks payable to Seacoast Local and mail to:

Seacoast Local
PO Box 1459
Portsmouth, NH 03802

June Holley Biography

June has been weaving economic and community networks for almost 20 years. Back then, she discovered complexity science and became intrigued with the phenomenon of transformation. How could communities change in ways that would make them good places for everyone?

WIth others in Appalachian Ohio, she began a stream of experimentation to discover how to encourage many more people to start and then expand businesses. With these entrepreneurs, she mobilized dozens of area organizations to collaborate and create an environment that would help these businesses innovate and work together.

After twenty years as executive director of the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (, she stepped down to devote her energies to helping communities around the globe form Smart Networks by training and supporting Network Weavers. She helps clients use Smart Network Analyzer social network mapping software to understand and enhance their networks.

Her recent Smart Networks projects have involved communities, regions, statewide collaborations, healthcare and hospital systems, national learning and innovation networks, and large corporations.

Clients include the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the United Nations, the Association for Enterprise Opportunity, the Ohio University Voinovich Center, Kaiser Permanente, the Plexus Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Millennium Project, Interaction Institute for Social Change, the Veterans Administration, FAIMER, the Center for Working Families and many others.

She is available as a keynote speaker, workshop presenter, network mentor or consultant on Network Weaving projects. She often partners on social network analysis projects with Valdis Krebs (, Jack Ricchiuto ( and the Plexus Institute (, an organization committed to the application of complexity science to help people create healthier communities.

Visit her blog at

We look forward to you joining us–email your registration to Karen Marzloff at