Friday, February 5, 2016

Summit Program Details Released!

Register now for the Local Food Summit 2016!

Click here for details regarding the schedule and breakout sessions

A menu of the delicious food for the day has been posted
.  This will be a certified local foods event.

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We look forward to having a conversation with you at the Local Food Summit!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Registration is Open!

The 8th Annual Local Food Summit
Monday February 15th, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Washtenaw Community College, Morris J. Lawrence Building

Please join us to celebrate and work toward Local Food for Everyone at the 8th annual Local Food Summit!

This year’s opening Keynote Panel will address the topic of “Local Food for Everyone: Farmer and Food Justice Perspectives,” with panelists Megan DeLeeuw, Farmer, Owner, and Founder of Manchester’s Hand Sown Farm, and Shane Bernardo, Outreach Coordinator at Detroit’s Earthworks Urban Farm. The discussion addressing the perceived conflicts in these perspectives and also their necessary alignment will be moderated by Dr. Stefanie Stauffer. Dr. Stauffer recently earned her PhD in Sociology from UC Davis, with a focus on urban agriculture and local, sustainable food systems. She is currently an instructor on Race and Ethnicity at WCC, and Program Manager at the Tilian Farm Development Center in Ann Arbor. She is the founder and operator of Nightshade Farm Industries, a small batch farm to jar business, making hot sauce and salsa with heirloom and Ark of Taste peppers and tomatoes from her farm fields.  

This year's Summit will also feature a celebration of Local Food Victories, and--back by popular demand--a food-themed story slam! A locally sourced lunch will bring us together around the table, and will be followed by breakout sessions. This year’s sessions include presentations by organizations like the Washtenaw Food Policy Council, Argus Farm Stop, and ZingTrain. Sessions will highlight topics including visioning your farm business, farm-to-school gardens, soil health, seasonal cooking, permaculture basics and more. 

Youth (ages 5 to 18) are invited to join in these workshops, or to participate in activities including planting, taste education and food chemistry in this year’s Local Food Summit Youth Track!

Register by February 8th to reserve a space for $40 (Youth $20), or register for $50 up until the day of the Summit. Registration includes breakfast and lunch, coffee and snacks. Details about scholarship and sponsorship opportunities are available on our website,

Friday, January 22, 2016

Call for Stories!

Call for Stories: Local Food Story Slam

What: The 2016 Local Food Summit is seeking storytellers for our second-annual Local Food Story Slam. Do you have a tale of creating a better food community? We are hoping to highlight stories from farmers, food service workers, community organizers, advocates, and eaters in particular, but all are invited to submit your story below!

Details: stories should be around 5 to 10 minutes in length and appropriate for all ages. Please check out these guidelines and tips for stories before submitting:

Theme: Since the theme of the summit is Local Food for Everyone, we are looking for stories somehow related to this topic.

Deadline for submission: January 28th, 5:30pm

Stories will be confirmed in the first week of February.

Submit a story now!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Nominate a Local Food Victory!

You have until January 26th to nominate a Local Food Victory!

What: We are excited to show support for the amazing array of initiatives and projects underway that are moving us closer to achieving a local, vibrant food system that everyone in Washtenaw County is empowered to participate in.

Why: Local Food Victories aim to highlight our neighbors' successes in building knowledge, excitement, inclusion and movement toward local food awareness and access, especially with the theme of this year's summit in mind.

How: We encourage nominations of organizations and individuals from across the county, so that we can celebrate efforts in all of Washtenaw. Local food victories will be recognized at a short ceremony at the 2016 Local Food Summit, held Monday, February 15, 2016, at Washtenaw Community College.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Local Food Summit 2016 - Planning is Underway!

Planning for the Local Food Summit 2016, to be held February 15, 2016 at Washtenaw Community College, is underway.  Please stop by any planning meetings (schedule listed below) if you would like to help with planning the next summit.  Please fill out this survey to express your interest in a planning committee.  The theme/slogan that was selected for the next summit is "Local Food for Everyone!"  Historical documents about previous planned summits can be found here.

All currently scheduled meetings are to take place at the Morris J. Lawrence Building on the Washtenaw Community College main campus. Please keep an eye on this page for details as they become available.

Every Wednesday, 6:15- 7:30 pm, ML 120 (Morris Lawrence bldg., room 120)