Bahia Nightengale Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance
Describe your role at Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance
As the Director of Local Food Initiatives, I work to expand the capacity of the people and places of Central Louisiana to prosper. I connect farm & ranch-based entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs with the resources and environment needed to flourish and yield economic and health improvements in the life of the individual and our communities.
Why are you interested in Wholesale Readiness?
CLEDA supports Agriculture of the Middle projects, which creates strategic alliances among farmers, processors, distributors and retailers to reach end users (restaurants, grocers, etc. and eventually households) that are demanding locally/regionally sourced, ethical, and sustainable options in the food system. Wholesale readiness is an early step to help drive this ‘Middle Way’ forward in Louisiana.
What is your favorite produce item?
Mirliton, also known as chayote! It’s a staple in south Louisiana cooking, and a squash common in the Mexican culinary traditions of my childhood home.