Thursday, March 22, 2012

HomeGrown Local Food Summit Program

We are in the final stages of planning for the Local Food Summit on Monday, April 2, 2012 at Washtenaw Community College outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Early registration (for $35) is available until March 26, and after that registration will be $45.  Please register soon to join us for an incomparable day of networking with food system stakeholders, and for finding inspiration in local efforts to create a healthy, just and sustainable regional food system for all.

We are at capacity, but if you like please sign this WAITLIST
Time: Monday, April 2, 2012 from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor, MI
Please note: we do not expect to have walk-up registration available on the day of the Summit. 

Our day will be focused on establishing a shared understanding of Michigan's agricultural past, on knowing each other in our communities, and on informing ourselves with ideas and strategies for positive change. We intend to take action for a resilient food system that offers "peace and good food for all." 

"Remembering Our Roots: Local Food Victories Past, Present and Future"
8:00 Breakfast and Registration
8:30 Welcome: Introductions and Plans for the day
8:45 Jan Longone, Curator of the Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive, University of Michigan Clements Library 
9:00 Larry Massie, Michigan Historian and Author speaks on: "Rubaboo, Kalamazoo & Pasties Too: Aspects of Michigan's Culinary Heritage"
10:00 Local Food Victories and Building the Beloved Food Community 
11:30 Slow Food Lunch In Your Neighborhood
1:00 1st Breakout Sessions and Tour of the Farm at St. Joe
2:00 2nd Breakout Sessions
3:00 Closing Ceremonies
4:00 Corner Brewery

  • "Using food hubs to build healthy, resilient communities," Rich Pirog, Director of the Center for Regional Food Systems
  • "Food Sovereignty: Let's Make it Work," Gary Cox, General Counsel Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund
  • "School to Farm: A Dietitian's Journey and Vision for Connecting Food to Health," Diana Dyer, Dietician, Author and Farmer
  • "Power to the Pollinators! Local Honey Project is sweet on sustainability," Lisa Bashert, Founder Local Honey Project
  • "Book Clubs? Gardening Clubs? How about Investment Clubs!" Angela Barbash, Slow Money Financial Advisor
  • "Secrets of Successful Agricultural Grantwriting: A Beginner's Guide," Jeff Holden, Grantwriter
  • "Scaling Up Local Food Access: What do institutional buyers want and what do mid-size farms have?" Randy Burns, Senior Buyer, and Jon and Karlene Goetz, Farmers
  • "Edible forest gardens and the transition to perennial agriculture," Nate Ayers, Director Chiwara Permaculture
  • "Getting a Fair Farm Bill in 2012," Jennifer Fike, Director FSEP, and Lindsey Scalera, Organizer for NSAC
  • "Lessons learned on starting up your local food business," Mary Wessell Walker, David Klingenberger, and Stefanie Stauffer, Entrepreneurs
  • "The State of Farm-to-School in Washtenaw County," Michaelle Rehmann, FSEP Farm to Food Service Program, Neha Shah and Elissa Trumbull, Educators
  • "Farm Real Estate Options and Micro Loan Opportunities," Rosanne Bloomer, Sr. Financial Service Officer Greenstone Farm Credit Services and Ginny Trocchio, Project Director Conservation Fund
  • "Localization: Some psychological aspects of the coming downshift," Raymond De Young, Associate Professor of Environmental Psychology and Planning
  • "Tour of the Farm at St. Joe, Michigan's first hospital-based farm," Dan Bair, Farmer


  1. You know, I'd like to lead a group discussion of the ideas that are coming out of my research. I see a common culture arising from/with the Local Foods Movement. I'd like to get others' ideas about what they see happening. I am also ready to finance the meeting through my first cash advance. I am curious to know what sort of shared values and social traits commonly arise from vibrant Local Foods communities?

  2. i really enjoyed this article,because this was me many years ago,and to a certain degree,this is who i am today
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