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Local Food Summit
Ann Arbor, MI
January 2009

Presentation to New World Agriculture and Ecology Group
University of Michigan
February 2009

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  • 1. Local Food Summit grassroots definitions for a local agroecomony
  • 2. Agenda
    • Who is HomeGrown
    • Birth of the Local Food Summit
    • Participants
    • Exercises
    • Speakers
    • Meals
    • Workshops
    • Examples
    • Impressions
  • 3. Homegrown
    • A group of impatient activists wanted to celebrate local food and local business
    • So they organized a festival.
  • 4.  
  • 5. Late one bar night...
    • A summit is born.
    • Shannon Brines convinces the rest of the HomeGrown Festival board of directors to host a summit.
    • Organizers: 
    • Erica Kempter, president
    • Shannon Brines
    • Kim Bayer
    • Deirdra Stockmann
    • Jason Frenzel 
    •  
    •   facilitated by Lisa Brush.
  • 6.  
  • 7. Participants
    • Farmers
    • Gardeners
    • Chefs
    • Vendors
    • City Depts
    • Students
    • Activists
    • Nonprofits
    • Media
    • Farmers Market Managers
    • "Eaters"
    • Business Owners
    • Distribution Managers
  • 8. Summit Format
    • "Local Food" topic. No further breakdown given by committee.
    • Gather Public Opinion: 
    • "Think privately for 2 min about what a 'local food system' means to you"
    •  
    • Then...
    • Exercise 1: Everyone writes sticky notes about our "Assets"
    • Exercise 2: Everyone discusses missing links, or "Needs"
    • Exercise 3: Everyone gets in groups to decide on "Actions"
  • 9. Categories for Exercise 1
    •     ⁃    Producers     ⁃    Retail     ⁃    Distribution     ⁃    Policy     ⁃    Communication     ⁃    Education     ⁃    Outreach     ⁃    Promotion     ⁃    People Resources     ⁃    natural Resources     ⁃    Heritage     ⁃    Who Should Be here??     ⁃    consumers     ⁃    natural resources     ⁃    local programs
  • 10.  
  • 11. Categories determined for Needs
    •     A.    Resources for young/new farmers     B.    database network to existing assets     C.    food policy/legistlation     D.    distribution     E.    collaboration     F.    increase production     G.    education     H.    accessibility/justice/food security     I.    simplify direct purchasing/bringing pruducers and 
    •           purchasers together     J.    processing     K.    systems/infrastructure     L.    communication     M.    standards/labeling     N.    community self reliance
  • 12. Speakers
    • Patty Cantrell from Michigan Land Use Institute
    •     Topics: Grow Jobs, Build Health, Save Land
    •      www.localdifference.org
    •  
    • Mrs. Fran Alexander from Alexander Resource Consulting
    •     Topics: Food Security Study for Washtenaw
    •                 Growing Hope and Food Gatherers efforts
    • Chris Bedford from Sweetwater Local Foods Market, Muskegon
    •     Topics: Farm to School as an Economic Recovery plan
    •       http://www.chrisbedfordfilms.com/
  • 13.  
  • 14. Food
    • Breakfast - Zingerman's
    •     zingermans.com
    • Lunch - A Knife's Work
    •     aknifeswork.com
    • snacks
    •     brought by participants
  • 15. Workshops
    • People picked which one of the Exercise 2 categories to attend.
    • Each team required to come up with:
      • action/project
      • point person
      • future meeting time
      • email lists of all present
    •  
    • 13 different meetings came out of those sessions, with future projects.
  • 16. Example: The Data Clearinghouse
    • One of the most common "Needs" mentioned was a place or procedure to share information and connect similar efforts. 
    • I created/joined a group that focuses on creating solutions to information problems. 
    • Items created so far:
      • google group for internal organization
      • 3 wiki pages on ArborWiki (rough) to document Summit
      • aggregate calendar of local food events
    •  
    • this last is live, hosted at http://agrarianist.org
  • 17.  
  • 18.  
  • 19. Impressions
    • Very well facilitated
    •  
    • Good mixture of public involvement and organized leadership
    •  
    • Format empowered participants
    •  
    • Good representation of interests b/c of zero narrowing of topic
    •  
    •  
    •                   = High likelihood of followthrough
  • 20. Questions
    • Should we add the NWAEG calendar to the local food calendar?
    • Do we want to get involved in any efforts?