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What is the value of WNC’s food system? Evidence from the field.

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As an applied environmental economist, UNCA’s Leah Mathews is interested in the value of things you can’t buy on the store shelves like scenic quality, cultural heritage and social interaction.  Much of her research focuses the local food system in Western North Carolina, looking at the benefits that residents and visitors receive from farmland, the value of social interactions at farmers markets, and the veracity of the Appalachian Grown local food label.    

Matthews will share some of the research findings Friday, December 16, at the Collider in Asheville.  Doors open at 5:30 and the talk begins at 6.    

The Beer City Science Pub event is hosted by the Collider and the Asheville Museum of Science.

Helen Chickering is a host and reporter on Blue Ridge Public Radio. She joined the station in November 2014.