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