Farm & Food Leadership Conference Overview
If you are interested in learning more about sustainable farming and local products you need to attend the 2017 Farm & Food Leadership Conference. You will have the opportunity to connect with others who are passionate about this cause. Furthermore you will be making a difference in the farming industry for the future of local agriculture. This event will give you the opportunity to focus on policies and regulations that affect our farms and local foods. You will be given the tools and information needed to develop sustainable agriculture. This event is not only for farmers, we strongly encourage anyone working in the food industry, local business owners, and nonprofit advocates to attend. Each attendee will gain the knowledge to support and participate in the local and sustainable food movement.
What To Expect
This is the first time in 11 years that the Food & Farm Conference has been located in North Texas.
-You can expect in depth workshops to help farmers and producers with practical solutions such as how to form a successful co-op and food safety for produce growers.
-You will hear top speakers on a variety of topics including nutrition, sustainable sourcing at restaurants and retailers, food waste, water policy, farm support programs, GMO’s, food freedom, and more.
-Fred Kirschenmann, President of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, and Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture will be speaking over multiple topics.
-You will have the opportunity to network with fellow individuals that share the same passions.
-You will have the option to attend an on-farm dinner, prepared by Harvest Seasonal Kitchen from food grown by local farmers.
Sunday, Sept. 24: Pre-Conference Workshops | Heard Natural Science Museum
Monday – Times subject to change
9 a.m.: Welcome
9:15-10:15 a.m.: Keynote by Fred Kirschenmann
10:30-noon: Session 1:
- Activism at the local level
- Climate change: Looking past the “cause debate” to build resilient systems
- Access to government resources for small farmers
- Co-op Q&A
Noon-1:30: Lunch is on your own, with five farm-to-table options on the Square, plus numerous other eateries and shops to visit.
1:30-2:45 p.m.: Session 2
- Effective legislative advocacy
- Seed diversity
- Growing sustainable grains
- Farmers’ Market Q&A
3:15-4:30 p.m.: Session 3
- Farm Bill, corporate mergers, and the news from DC
- Activating your microbiota for health
- How do we sustain Farm-to-Table?
- Food Policy Board networking session
6 p.m.: Farm-to-Table Dinner at Pure Land Organic Farm, McKinney, Texas
Tuesday – Times subject to change
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.: Plenary session with Alan Lewis
9:35 – 10:35 a.m.: Session 1
- GMO Basics
- Wild foods: A guide to foraging
- Opportunities for young farmers and military veterans
10:55 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.: Session 2
- The latest news and developments with GMOs
- Protecting pollinators
- Farmer’s markets … what’s working and what’s not
- Fermentation demonstration
1:210 – 1:40: Lunch is on your own, with five farm-to-table options on the Square, plus numerous other eateries and shops to visit.
1:40-3:10 p.m.: Session 3
- Water and the future of our food
- Food access: how do we get good food to more people?
- Revenue streams for small farmers
- Cooking demonstration
3:30-4:45 p.m. Session 4
- Texas legislative update
- Home gardening
- The outlook for local brewers & distillers
4:45 p.m.: Closing
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