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Welcome to the 8th Annual Local Food Summit!

Where: Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College
When: Monday, February 15th, 2016, 8am to 5pm
Registration is required:
Cost - By 2/8/2016: $40 (registration & food for the day)
Cost - After 2/8/2016: $50 (registration & food for the day)
Please Note: Space is limited.  Please register as soon as possible if you would like to be assured a space. There will only be walk-up/day of registration if spaces are available.

Registration is open

This year's theme will be "Local Food for Everyone," which was voted on by past participants.Local Food Summit themes are meant to serve as a jumping off point to stimulate discussions and important questions, such as how can everyone--across income levels-- have access to great local food? Can local food ever compete with large scale food systems, and should it even try? What kind of innovative models, ideas, and policies have the potential to recreate our food system to reward local and ethical food producers and ensure accessibility for everyone?

Keynote & Morning sessions Members of our team are working on an innovative morning that will include a panel and methods of engaging attendees.  We will post more details here when they are ready.

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

Afternoon Sessions will provide opportunities for learning, networking, listening, discussing, and inspiring, as well as chances for participants to connect with food work already happening locally, or gain support for new ideas and projects. Session descriptions will be available at

Youth Track Not sure what to do with your kids on President’s Day? Come to the Local Food Summit! We will be hosting youth activities for ages 5 to 18! For 5-13 year olds, we have an array of activities planned, including a food chemistry experiment, designing your own flower pot, planting your own herb, learning about different tastes and smells, and measuring how far food travels for a meal in Ann Arbor. Children ages 14-18 can attend the sessions throughout the day with adults and report interesting facts on social media throughout the day. The fee for children is $20, which includes breakfast and lunch. We regret that this year we can only offer activities for children 5 and up.

Scholarships We are again offering financial need-based 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

We're looking forward to seeing you on February 15 at the 8th Annual Local Food Summit!