Learn “The Business of Farm to Table” at Augusta Metro Chamber Women In Business, April 20

Posted By: Kathryn Freemon News Releases,

For the Augusta Metro Chamber's April Women In Business, presented by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, you are invited to learn about "The Business of Farm to Table" and why it's more than just a movement.  Not only is it important to individuals' heath, but the economy as a whole.  On Tuesday, April 20 at Enterprise Mill Events Center, Kayla Kranenberg with the American Heart Association will share the heart-healthy benefits of supporting the farm to table movement through food consumption choices as well as the work of the Laney Walker Farmers Market in delivering nutrition dense options to the underserved community.  Rebecca van Loenen, Augusta Locally Grown, will share their story on how they support the farm to table concept and its importance to the economy.  Havird Usry of The Southern Salad will bring the concept full circle explaining how the end user experience is delivered in local restaurants.


As Executive Director for the American Heart Association, Kayla Kranenberg and her team have formed meaningful community partnerships to bring increased opportunities to feeding children nutritious meals in schools, creating self-blood pressure management programs in rural counties and forming new farmer’s markets in designated food deserts areas of our community- most recently the Laney Walker Farmers Market.


Rebecca van Loenen, Executive Director of Augusta Locally Grown, is a third-generation entrepreneur and long-time backyard gardener.  Rebecca has served as VP of statewide Communications and IT for the Georgia Master Gardener Association, Project Manager for Allison South, and caretaker of the 4H Camp in Richmond County.  She most recently worked at theClubhou.se as Program Director.


Havird Usry, born and raised in Augusta, is a partner alongside his father Brad Usry in Fat Man’s Hospitality Group. The group includes Fat Man’s Café & Catering, Enterprise Mill Events, The Southern Salad and SnoCap Drive-In. The duo pride themselves on their Augusta roots, great food and even better Southern hospitality. Havird is a graduate of Clemson University.


Both in-person and virtual attendance options are available.  In-person event begins at 11:30 am, seating will be social distanced and boxed lunch is included.  In-person tickets are $25 for Chamber members and $35 for prospective members.  Virtual attendance begins at 11:45 am.  Tickets are $10 for Chamber members, $15 for prospective members and includes a $5 gift card to a local restaurant.  Advanced registration required at augustametrochamber.com/events. Registration deadline is Friday, April 16.

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It is the mission of the Women in Business Committee to strengthen the business community of the Augusta region by providing programs that enhance the knowledge, success and leadership goals of working women at all stages of their personal and professional lives.



Media Contact:

Kathryn Freemon, Communications Coordinator

Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce