Local Food Summit


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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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Local Food Summit

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