Each year, stakeholders in Washtenaw County area food systems convene at the HomeGrown Local Food Summit. Farmers, businesses, non-profits, policy makers, chefs, and people interested in learning about sustainable local food systems attend the event. The day-long summit features speakers, ‘break out’ sessions and workshops, and locally sourced lunches and snacks.
The 3rd annual HomeGrown Local Food Summit will convene next Tuesday, March 1st, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Morris J. Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College. Registration (required) is still open, so there is still have time to sign up over the weekend.
Morning presentations by Crossroads Resource Center researcher Ken Meter, President of Detroit’s Eastern Market Dan Carmody, and representatives from HomeGrown will focus on local food as an economic driver. In the afternoon, attendees can choose between over a dozen different ‘break out’ sessions with a diverse array of area food experts. Tours of the Farm at St. Joe’s Hospital and Harvest Kitchen are another options in the afternoon. There will also be plenty of time to network and share ideas with others. An informal after party will be held at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti.
The first ever “Michigan Good Food Film Festival” will be held the night before the HomeGrown Local Food Summit, on February 28, from 6:15 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the Morris J. Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College. The "Viewer's Choice" will be screened at the summit.
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