Join us for the 2017 Indiana Food Summit!
On Tuesday 26 September 2017, we will host speakers, networking luncheon and join from different regions in our state to learn and share about creating change in our food system. This year we have added a number of activities, and lengthened the sessions to enable a deeper dive into topics. We heard your requests from last year's attendees and we are responding!
During the day we will have three concurrent sessions with speakers and panels that will focus on food policy, healthy food access, farm to school and food business. Our tentative agenda:
Purchasing local from a food service distributor for your kitchen or retail food business
Is your kitchen or retail food business looking to purchase more locally grown food? Is your local, 'Indiana Grown?' Find out how the Indiana State Department of Agriculture is working to connect buyers with food that is produced in our state. In addition to Indiana grown, learn more about how you can purchase Regionally produced food from a number of different distributors.
Institutional Support of Local Food Production: Learn how health, farmer and non-profit organizations are producing food for the home consumer
This session will explore a number of organizations who are working to produce and distribute locally grown, healthy food to individual clients. Sometimes a large institution may seem an unlikely leader, but find out how hospitals, farmers, farmer organizations and community groups are working to grow food for a healthier Indiana.
Engaging your elected officials: Tell your story and make it meaningful for our representatives
Attend this mini-workshop session to learn more about why it is important to engage your local, state and federally elected officials; how to set up a meeting; how to prepare for a meeting; what you can expect at the meeting and then how to follow up. You will use your story to create context for your own meeting that you can make possible in your community or for your organization.
What is the Healthy Food Financing Initiative? How it can it help address food deserts and healthy food access in Indiana?
Indiana Healthy Food Access Coalition will share the findings from the summer community forums and Legislative sessions and update attendees on the activities and plan for the fall 2017 campaign.
From HBV to UPC: How does a food business move from the farmer's market to retail?
Learn more about the technical training, inspections and registrations necessary to run a prepared food business in Indiana. Hear from a panel of food businesses about their story to scale a business for the retail shelf.
Cooking it up: Starting and managing entrepreneurial shared kitchens in Indiana
Shared-use kitchens are an amazing resource for a community that is invested in developing entrepreneurs and small businesses in their food system. They come in many styles, have different business models and a diversity of users. We will hear about the economic viability of shared-kitchens and the national survey conducted as part of the Purdue Shared-Kitchen research project. We will have the opportunity to learn from kitchen managers in Indiana, who are creating and managing the spaces for business development.