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Local Food Summit

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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    Local Food Summit Local Food Summit Presentation Transcript

    • Local Food Summit grassroots definitions for a local agroecomony
    • Agenda
      • Who is HomeGrown
      • Birth of the Local Food Summit
      • Participants
      • Exercises
      • Speakers
      • Meals
      • Workshops
      • Examples
      • Impressions
    • Homegrown
      • A group of impatient activists wanted to celebrate local food and local business
      • So they organized a festival.
    •  
    • 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.
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    • Participants
      • Farmers
      • Gardeners
      • Chefs
      • Vendors
      • City Depts
      • Students
      • Activists
      • Nonprofits
      • Media
      • Farmers Market Managers
      • "Eaters"
      • Business Owners
      • Distribution Managers
    • 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"
    • 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
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    • 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
    • Speakers
      • Patty Cantrell from Michigan Land Use Institute
      •     Topics: Grow Jobs, Build Health, Save Land
      •      www.localdifference.org
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      • 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/
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    • Food
      • Breakfast - Zingerman's
      •     zingermans.com
      • Lunch - A Knife's Work
      •     aknifeswork.com
      • snacks
      •     brought by participants
    • 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.
    • 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
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    • 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
    • Questions
      • Should we add the NWAEG calendar to the local food calendar?
      • Do we want to get involved in any efforts?