This event is free and open to the public Locally-sourced lunch will be available for $15/person
Space available for materials or display of your organization; please request in your RSVP. Space is limited. First Come, First Served.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Keynote Speaker: Kathleen Merrigan, USDA Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Increasing Access to Locally Grown and Healthy Food
Why Local? The Potential of a Local Food Economy—How does local food fit into the future of Ohio’s economy? Can local food create jobs and opportunities for rural and urban Americans alike? What will it take to make sustainable agriculture a viable career and profitable business opportunity for Ohio farmers?
Good Food Financing—Whether a farm business, a grain mill, a food hub, or a school, the future of local food must be rooted in sound economics and viable business models. Finance experts and practitioners will share their wisdom.
Working Lunch provided by Ohio State University Extension Ohio grown to the extent possible.
Making the Local Food Connection—This panel will feature individuals from Ohio and beyond who are involved in institutional purchasing and others who will explain how they are tackling the challenges associated with the aggregation, distribution, and infrastructure of local food.
Changing Policy To Support Local Food Economies—From local zoning and regional planning to federal food and agriculture laws, policy can help or hinder continued growth of a local food economy. A few of Ohio’s leaders will discuss their efforts to change policy to support local food economies.
Building on Best Practices & Looking Forward—Ohioans who are making local work will share lessons learned, best practices, and lead a discussion on what it will take to grow Ohio’s local food economy in the years to come.