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February 03, 2009

CEFS to host summit on building local food economies

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The Center for Environmental Farming Systems will host the 2009 Farm to Fork Summit March 2-3 at McKimmon Center in Raleigh. The day and a half conference will explore the outcomes of six regional meetings held last fall, and Working Issues Teams will provide input about “game changer” and “local tool box” ideas. The goal of the summit is to help produce a Statewide Action Plan for Building a Local Food Economy.

Working Issues Teams will report in the areas of:
* Expanding institutional, retail and food service markets for small and medium-sized farms
* Farm-to-school programming
* Public health and food access disparities
* Direct markets
* New and transitioning farmers support
* Community gardens and farms
* Land use and local government initiatives
* Youth and social networking
* Consumer outreach and marketing
* Processing and other physical infrastructure
* Formalizing the initiative: Foundations and baselines

Registration is $35 and can be completed online by visiting the Web site: ncsustainablefood.wordpress.com/summit/. A limited number of scholarships are available.

The Farm to Fork statewide initiative is funded in part by Golden Leaf Foundation, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the Ag Advancement Consortium and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Summit sponsorship support is provided by the Carolina Farm Credit and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

Posted by Natalie at February 3, 2009 01:57 PM