Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Summit 2018 Planning Launch Party!

Do you want to help create an event for folks to come together and discuss our local food system? Are you passionate about helping to create a more robust and inclusive local food system in our region? The Local Food Summit has been bringing folks to the table of the local food system conversation for 10 years. Help us plan for the 10th annual summit!

*Join us for a Launch Party in the Gulo Room at Wolverine Brewing Company on Thursday, September 28th from 6-8pm. Special thanks to our friends at Wolverine State Brewing for supporting this event and food in Washtenaw County.

We’ll explain more about how the planning team works, introduce some exciting initiatives including the new Leadership Development Fund, and learn from you what you are passionate about in regards to local food work.

Hope to see you there!

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Online registration ends at 8 pm Sunday March 19th!
Day of the event registration will begin at 7:30 am at the EMU Student Center.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Slow Food Huron Valley presents the 2017 Local Food Summit

Resetting the Table, from Awareness to Action

The 9th annual Local Food Summit will be held at the Eastern Michigan University Student Center in Ypsilanti on Monday March 20th from 9am - 4pm.

The Local Food Summit brings together individuals and organizations that share a common vision for the localized food system of Washtenaw County. The 2017 event utilizes a summit style format, featuring facilitated group discussions that include learning, dialogue, and collective visioning. The summit hopes to engage new audiences as well as long-time participants, including purchasers, chefs, producers, distributors, consumers, educators, business owners, politicians, and local food activists. Attendees will participate in one of six tracks, allowing them to think deeply about a particular aspect of our local food system, and to consider the impacts of social inequity and policy in Washtenaw County.

  • Racism and Access to Land and Capital: This track will explore how racism persists in farming communities and limits access to land and capital.
  • Farm to Institution: Institutions like schools, hospitals, and prisons are starting to source more food locally. This track will explore what Washtenaw County is doing to keep up with this growing trend.
  • Market Development: This track will explore the wisdom of the old and the innovations of the new to create more profitable markets for our farmers.
  • Farm Worker and Labor Justice: This track explores the fact that food sovereignty for the community is not possible without sovereignty for the farm workers.
  • Current Environmental Issues: Water: This track explores the relationship of water and agriculture, water infrastructure, both urban and rural, and citizen engagement in water decision making.
  • Food Justice: This track explore ways we can achieve equity within our food system here in Washtenaw County.

A pre-summit screening of the film Just Eat It event will be held at the 1st Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Ann Arbor on Sunday March 19th from 1-3pm. This film will be followed by a discussion of strategies to waste less food, and is hosted by the Religious Action of Reform Judaism, Temple Beth Emeth, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Ann Arbor, and the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice. A light lunch will be provided.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Local Food Summit 2017 - Planning To Start!

Help plan the 2017 Local Food Summit!

Are you a fan of local food?
Do you want to be more involved in the local food movement?
Do you have event planning or organizing skills that are being under utilized or would you like to develop these skills?

Come join a team of devoted local food activists in planning the 2017 Local Food Summit!

The kickoff meeting will take place on November 17, 6:00-7:30pm.
There you will learn about the history of the summit, the current vision for the upcoming summit, and how you can play a role in shaping this amazing event.
Light refreshments will be provided. Please feel free to bring snacks and drinks to share!

The second planning meeting will take place November 30, 6:00-7:30pm.
There we will confirm our sub committees and get started!

Both meetings will be held in Kerrytown at 410 N 4th Ave, Ann Arbor
(2nd floor, next to V2V clothing.  Enter through the courtyard, near 4th ave, the door that says V2V under the red bridge, then go immediately left up the stairs inside to Blue Newt office space.)