The conference will take place on Thursday, January 30 at StoneGate Arts and Education Center, 931 15th Street in Bedford, Ind. Opening at 9 a.m. with informational sessions, the conference will conclude with networking and informal consulting from 3-5 p.m.
Speakers will include Leslie Schaller, Adam Kody and Carrie Carson from the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet), sharing data and strategies and leading discussions on the development of successful rural, regional food economies in Ohio. Heather Tallman (Indiana State Department of Agriculture and Naima Gardner (Indiana State Department of Health), representing Indiana Grown for Schools, will present and foster discussion among food buyers, administrators, teachers and parents on connecting schools with fresh, local food through strategic food purchasing and education practices.
From farm to table, it is clear that residents are interested in increasing the supply and markets for local farms.Jodee Ellett, IU Sustainable Food Systems Science
“A strong, regional food system can yield health, economic and resilience benefits for our communities,” said Jodee Ellett, who oversees community engagement at IU Sustainable Food Systems Science. “From farm to table, it is clear that residents are interested in increasing the supply and markets for local farms. This conference will set the table for ideas about how we can bring locally grown food to our school cafeterias, increase our collective efforts for agritourism, discuss the supply chain connectivity and processing needs of farmers and buyers with the idea that all of these activities are part of a robust regional food economy.”
This conference follows a regional community meeting series that took place throughout the Indiana Uplands region during the fall. The IU Center for Rural Engagement and Sustainable Food Systems Science will release findings from these meetings and relevant local data at this event.
Registration for the conference is now full, and a waitlist is available. Visit the event page for more information.