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FED Agenda 2018

Event takes place from 8am - 4pm Central / 9am - 5pm Eastern. Come for any part of the day.

We've organized breakout sessions into three separate tracks but you don't have to stay in one track; you're welcome to attend whichever sessions catch your eye.

8:00am - 8:30am: Producer/Buyer Speed Networking

8:00am - 8:30am: Registration

8:30am - 9:00am: Welcome & Opening Remarks (Introduction Of Food Justice Concepts)

9:00am - 10:00am: Keynote Panel — Social Equity in the Food System

Achieving food justice for all requires us to confront food insecurity and the systemic pressures that prevent access to healthy, nutritious, and culturally appropriate foods.  From the surge of urban gardens and farms, to programs that educate the community about healthy food options, and grassroots activism to change old attitudes and bad policies--together we can build a just, thriving and sustainable local food system that serves everyone in NWI.

10:15am - 11:00am: Breakout Sessions

  • Food Access Track: History of Food Access in NWI (location: Big Barn North)

How did we get here?  Hear the story of our food past and join a discussion on sustainable community development with leading experts in this field.

  • Entrepreneur Track: Marketing & Branding (location: Small Barn room 1)

Whether you've been doing your own marketing for a while or are just thinking about starting a farm or other business, our panelists will provide you tips and advice you can put into action right away.

  • Sustainable Community Track: Permaculture (location: Small Barn room 2)

Learn how we as consumers can make better decisions about our food options. Our choices -- from food packaging to life cycle analysis -- have an impact on our local food system. Learn how permaculture (design thinking) can help inform more intentional choices.

11:15am - 12:00pm: Breakout Sessions

  • Food Access Track: Present State of Food Access (location: Big Barn North)

What are we doing now?  Come learn the exciting initiatives about food access from a transportation and urban farming perspective.

  • Entrepreneur Track: Soil Health (location: Small Barn room 1)

Learn and see the principles of taking dead dirt to Alive soil from farmer Dan.

  • Sustainable Community Track: Farm to School (location: Small Barn room 2)

How do we empower our children to make informed food choices?  Come explore the multiple ways to actively engage children in the food system. 

12:00pm - 1:00pm: Locally Sourced Lunch

12:00pm - 4:00pm: EXPO

Discover local food producers, food-based businesses, non-profits, and other businesses and organizations, including:

  • Organic Bread of Heaven
  • Farming for Life Indiana
  • AgrAbility
  • Kauffman Chiropractic
  • My Longevity Kitchen
  • Smalltown Coffee Co.
  • Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction
  • Indiana Healthy Food Access Coalition
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Nature's Cupboard
  • Indiana Farmers Union
  • Lakeshore Public Media
  • Portage Community Garden
  • Alive and Well Health and Wellness
  • Purdue Extension-Porter County
  • Native Roots Farm & Coffee Creek Farmers Market

1:00pm - 1:45pm: Breakout Sessions

  • Food Access Track: Future of Food Access (location: Big Barn North)

Where are we headed?  Come learn about the potential policy changes and innovations needed to improve our food system.  

  • Entrepreneur Track: Grants & Funding (location: Small Barn room 1)

Where is the money for my good idea?  Learn from grant and loan experts on funding options for food projects, farms, and more!   

  • Sustainable Community Track: Alternative Resources (location: Small Barn room 2)

It can feel overwhelming to correct food injustice as an individual, but there are ways for regular people to be part of the solution. In this talk, we’ll share resources that provide a framework, including food swap, timebanking, food waste diversion, food preservation, wild edibles and more.

2:00pm - 3:30pm: Visioning Event (Kickoff to Regional Food Systems Vision)

4:00pm: Adjourn

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