Welcome to the 9th Annual Local Food Summit!

Where: Eastern Michigan Student Center, 900 Oakwood St., Ypsilanti, MI 48197

When: Monday, March 20, 9am to 4pm (check in and breakfast opens at 7:30am)


Registration is required:

Cost - By 3/13/2017: $40 (registration & food for the day)

Cost - After 3/13/2017: $50 (registration & food for the day)

Cost - Student ticket: $20 (registration & food for the day)

Please Note: Early registration is encouraged so that we can plan for food, tracks, and accessibility needs.


Registration is open!


The Local Food Summit theme this year is "Resetting the Table, from Awareness to Action." This 2017 event is returning to its roots with 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, food service workers, business owners, politicians, and local food activists. Participants in each track will think deeply about a particular aspect of our local food system, and consider the impacts of racism and policy in Washtenaw County.

Track topics will include:

  • Racism and access to Land and Capital

  • Food Justice

  • Market Development

  • Current Environmental Issues: Water

  • Farmworker and Labor Justice

  • Farm to Institution

Great food will be provided throughout the day! Members of our team are working with chefs and staff at Eastern Michigan University to provide a delicious local food menu. As the menu is finalized it will be posted online.


Scholarships:  We are again offering financial scholarship applications for anyone who would like to attend but needs assistance. See the scholarship registration form at for more information. We are also offering the possibility of sponsorship of these scholarships (see below).

Sponsorships:  There are opportunities to be involved as a sponsor of the summit. Benefits include complimentary registration(s), program listing, and tabling space (as space allows), etc. Please find a sponsorship details at


Childcare:  Local Food Summit planners want to offer an event that supports the full participation of parents! Parents and guardians are welcome to bring infants with them to the event, and there is a lactation room available in the building. While we are still researching childcare options for attendees, we have not yet found a way to provide childcare on site at EMU. If you need childcare to attend the summit, please be sure to indicate this on your registration. Feel free to reach out to planners with questions or suggestions at


The Local Food Summit is striving to provide a scent-aware space this year!

But what is does scent-aware mean? Why should I care about this?

Fragrances and other scents can make it difficult for some people to participate in activities like the Local Food Summit. A group called the Femme Collective explains the scent-aware concept well on their website--read more here!


If you are interested in carpooling, please make use of the Local Food Summit facebook event page to coordinate! Click here to post and RSVP.


We're looking forward to seeing you on March 20 at the 9th Annual Local Food Summit!