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Local Food Summit 2017

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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 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.

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

Earlier Event: March 15
Slow Food Huron Valley Monthly Meeting
Later Event: April 2
5th Annual CSA Fair