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 “In breakout sessions, farmers, distributors, processors, managers, investors, chefs, community organizers, engaged citizens, and foodies alike were forced to ponder big questions, like how soil health could destroy (or save) the world, and how political, financial, and regulatory policies could propel or inhibit the systemic changes needed to power the Local Food Movement nationally and in our region.”  - Kyle Lahman, Hawkins Family Farm

“In breakout sessions, farmers, distributors, processors, managers, investors, chefs, community organizers, engaged citizens, and foodies alike were forced to ponder big questions, like how soil health could destroy (or save) the world, and how political, financial, and regulatory policies could propel or inhibit the systemic changes needed to power the Local Food Movement nationally and in our region.”

- Kyle Lahman, Hawkins Family Farm

 “As attendees started eating, smiles erupted and dialogue ensued. It was reminiscent of a traditional family meal where family members shared and celebrated life. In this case, it was a “Community Meal,” where individuals had an opportunity to enjoy, appreciate, discover, and promote the foods we love here in Northeast Indiana.”  - Jim Huffman, Walnut Hill Catering

“As attendees started eating, smiles erupted and dialogue ensued. It was reminiscent of a traditional family meal where family members shared and celebrated life. In this case, it was a “Community Meal,” where individuals had an opportunity to enjoy, appreciate, discover, and promote the foods we love here in Northeast Indiana.”

- Jim Huffman, Walnut Hill Catering

Tentative Agenda:

2019 Local Food Forum & Social Hour

8:30 AM  •  Sign-in & Coffee

9:00 AM  •  Welcome

9:30 AM   •  Keynote Speaker

10:30 AM  •  Morning Breakout Sessions

11:45 PM  •  Lightning Talks 

Do you have a local food project or a short story that you would like to share?  Sign up to present a “Lightning Talk” during the Local Food Forum!  You’ll have 3 minutes in front of a supportive audience to share your great idea. We’ll share your contact info with everyone so you can connect with others who are interested in getting involved.

To inquire about presenting a Lightning Talk, please contact us.

12:15 PM  •  Local Food Lunch

1:00 PM •  Guest Speaker & Ways You Can Get Involved

2:00 PM  •  Afternoon Breakout Sessions

3:00 PM  •  Social Hour - Visit booths with Local Food Producers, Chefs & Regional food businesses

5:00-7:00 PM  •  Social Hour After Party!

Watch for more details coming soon!

Registration for the Local Food Forum includes full-day admission to the Forum, Local Food Lunch and admission to the Social Hour & After Party. Registration for the Forum is limited and will close once seats are filled.

Registration for the Social Hour & After Party ONLY (beginning at 3 p.m.) is offered separately for those who cannot attend during the day, and will remain open on the day of the event until the room capacity is filled.

Be a part of the Local Food Forum! Learn how you can: