The Farm to Institution Midwest Summit will take place February 28 - March 2, 2022, featuring online sessions and in-person events at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio to highlight best practices in procurement of local foods, strengthening community food systems, and inspiring student understanding of the value of local food systems. The summit brings together the wide range of stakeholders who stand to benefit from a thriving regional food system, including local community members, government and higher education leaders, students, and food producers.
- Local Food Procurement: Best practices for institutional purchasing. What are the most effective strategies for procuring food to meet both institutional and producer goals and to sustain our local economies?
- Strengthening Community Food Systems: Examples of campus and community partnerships. What innovative partnerships are you implementing in your universities, colleges, and communities supporting collaboration and mutual benefit?
- Educating the Next Generation of Food Consumers: Reaching all. How can we broaden our reach to educate all on the value of local, healthy foods?
- UN Sustainable Development Goals: Local food procurement and sustainability. How does local food procurement affect our climate, our water systems, and our communities? How does local food procurement assist in meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals?
The summit is a project of the Farm to OHIO Working Group (FOWG), which has been working to strengthen our regional food system through institutional procurement of locally grown food, engaging community partners, and developing our regional food network since launching the Initiative for Appalachian Food and Culture in 2016. Through close collaboration between Ohio University, Rural Action, and Community Food Initiatives, the FOWG has reduced many infrastructural barriers to institutional buying of locally grown produce and has increased equitable access to local food on campus.
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