HARRISON–Local food and international justice—these two themes will be brought together at Mid Michigan Community College on Wednesday, Oct. 9, in a program entitled “Local Food—Global Impact.”
Timothy Fitzgerald Young will present this topic at 11:30 a.m. in the Michigan Room on MMCC’s Harrison campus.
Young is founder, president and chef of Food for Thought, Inc., a Michigan company that creates organic and wild-harvested gourmet specialty foods made from the products of Michigan’s farms and forests. Food for Thought was founded to raise public awareness about just and sustainable food systems and to model ways of countering the global industrial food system.
Young has actively promoted farmland preservation. His background in travel and human relief work in the developing world inspired the creation of Food For Thought in 1995. He is past president of the Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council and former vice chair of the Michigan Land Use Institute. He currently serves on the Foundation Board of Northwestern Michigan College.
Last year, he and a group of local runners from the non-profit On The Ground completed the Run Across Palestine. They ran five marathons in five days and planted thousands of olive trees along the journey. His first project with On The Ground was the Run Across Ethiopia, a 250-mile run that raised over $250,000 and resulted in the construction of three schools and a library in the coffee growing region of Jirgechefe.
Young’s awards include Environmentalist of the Year and Environmental Business of the year. He was selected Best Local Hero by readers of Northern Express Magazine and recognized as a Green Pioneer by the Traverse Business News. Food for Thought, Inc. was designated one of the 50 Michigan Companies to Watch by the Edward Lowe Foundation. Young was recently honored as the 2012 Great Lakes Bioneer of the Year.
For three consecutive years, he was invited to Bon Appetite magazine’s acclaimed Wine and Spirits Festival in Chicago, which showcases many of the best chefs in the Midwest.
From his early overseas studies in international relations as a college student and his graduate studies of grassroots political participation in Cuba, through his many travels abroad, to his founding of Food for Thought and his recent humanitarian projects, Timothy Fitzgerald Young’s story is an inspiration toward making change for social justice—locally and around the world.
The public is welcome to attend this free program, which is sponsored by the Michigan Global Awareness Consortium and MMCC.