By Kris Bergren
Elizabeth Hogan, Operation Manager of the Quad Cities Food Hub, will be the presenter for our monthly program meeting on Monday November 21st, 2016 in the Moline Public Library at 6:30pm. Her topic will be Connecting Farmers and Consumers through Agriculture and Education.
The Quad Cities Food Hub http://www.qcfoodhub.com is non-profit organization focused on connecting farmers and consumers through agriculture and education. QCFH has a retail grocery store open 6 days a week. Many of the products in store come from local farmers, producers, and crafts people. Organic and healthy products are also stocked. If you are unable to stop in store each week to shop, QCFH also offers the Grower’s Choice program which delivers a bag of local produce and grocery items to the pick up location of your choice each week. Grower’s Choice bags contain leafy greens, root veggies, and a sample of what is in season in the Quad Cities along with a locally baked or specialty item, and a recipe card for the items in the bag. Pick up locations are located on both the Illinois and Iowa sides. QCFH also hosts multiple education events each month. Classes like knitting, cooking, gardening, and season themed classes are offered. Kitchen rental and small food business incubation are offered. The Quad Cities Food Hub is located at 421. W River Drive, Davenport, IA on the intersection of Ripley Street and River Drive, facing Le Claire Park.
Elizabeth Hogan was born and raised in the Quad Cities and graduated from Western Illinois University Quad Cities in May of 2015. She joined Quad Cities Food Hub in February 2015 as the HR Specialist, citing her background in HR and management. In October of 2015, Elizabeth was promoted to Operations Manager where she enjoys meeting new farmers and working towards sustainable grocery agriculture in the Quad Cities. Elizabeth is a backyard farmer passionate about growing and cooking local foods. She also volunteers at the QC Botanical Center where she shares her love of plants with all ages.