TOLEDO (Oct. 7, 2013) – Congresswoman Kaptur today welcomed Israeli agriculture expert Zion Daco to the Ninth Congressional District of Ohio for a tour of the University Church community garden on Hill Avenue and a discuss of innovative techniques to enhance food production.

“Food production can not only help fight hunger in our community, as exemplified by the University Church initiative, but also serve as a source of sustainable jobs,” said Congresswoman Kaptur, who has made urban agriculture a priority.

Kaptur became acquainted with Mr. Daco during a visit to Israel under the auspices of the Jewish federations in Toledo and Cleveland.

As general manager of the Eden Research Farm in Beit Shean, which is located at the junction of the Jordan River Valley and the Jezreel Valley, Mr. Daco has promoted innovative agriculture to promote cross-border collaboration between Israel and Jordan.

University Church, which is located on an eight-acre tract in south Toledo, has committed to an ambitious community garden initiative that includes vegetable production in hoop houses, aquaculture and beekeeping.

“Zion Daco's innovative techniques are remarkable and useful for our community gardens throughout Northern Ohio,” Congresswoman Kaptur said.

“As soon as I saw his presentation in Israel, I started thinking about how to bring him to our area to share his expertise in energy efficiency, which can help our greenhouse industry, and making community gardens more productive and profitable.”