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Wednesday, October 25, 2017
12:00 am ET

6th Food Access Summit

Location: Duluth, MN



Plan to attend the 6th Food Access Summit in Duluth, MN Oct. 25-27!  The 2017 Summit will be bigger and better than ever.  We’ve expanded to welcome up to 800 participants from a growing network of individuals and organizations dedicated to increasing healthy and equitable food access. This is one of the largest gatherings of its kind in the country. Thought the content has a Minnesotan lens, all of it is more broadly applicable.  

The conference goal is to bring together people working to advance reliable access to safe, affordable, healthy food; learn from each other’s lived experiences & stories; build connections across sector, cultural perspectives, and geography; and cultivate alignment and momentum toward collaborative action.  



Just SOME of the many amazing sessions:



What's Your Score on the Color Line: Un-packing White Privilege in Food Systems and Urban Planning
Given the embedded social contradictions and historical legacies we encounter in food systems and advocacy work, how can we have a genuine conversation about race that confronts white privilege? How can strangers talk about race by building community and embracing all racial experiences with tolerance and non-closure? This facilitated session will provide a safe space where all participants can carry out the emotional labor of racial self-awareness. 



Tools and Strategies to Support Healthy Eating Policy Work at the Local Level

Participants will learn about a new Minnesota policy guide, a new national policy database, and other tools available to help advocates, policymakers, public health officials, researchers, and community groups identify and understand local level policy options for promoting healthy eating, as well as approaches being tried by local governments across the U.S.. They will gain ideas for how to work with local policymakers and advocates to assess and tailor policies for their communities, and will also learn how to prepare to deal with efforts to undermine, or preempt, local policy work, based on lessons learned both at the Minnesota legislature and from other states. 



Food Safety and Working with Local Farmers: Facilitating Access into the Emerging Wholesale Produce Marketplace

Farm to school, prison, food bank, food hub, early child care and other local procurement programs are expanding rapidly in the region. This session will describe various models of engaging local farmers in real procurement partnerships and providing necessary training, particularly around food safety and postharvest handling. Examples will illustrate how these partnerships have facilitated farmer access to new markets like food hubs, schools and hospitals. Challenges and solutions from both the food service and farm perspective will be addressed, as well as concrete strategies to build farm to institution programs and increase the amount of locally produced food available to consumers across the region.



The World in our Neighborhood: Refugees and Food Access

Refugee status is unique in the U.S. immigration system, and reflects an experience of loss, trauma and resilience in the refugee journey. Recently-arrived refugee populations have particular challenges to food access as well as inherent assets and strengths. Presenters will highlight case studies of local examples of efforts to increase food access within refugee communities, describe why other attempts were less successful, and offer action steps in addressing equitable access and its holistic impact for our newest refugee neighbors.




Increasing Food Access Across Minnesota: Innovative Community Initiatives Address Unmet Needs

Many Minnesotans lack reliable, safe, and easy access to affordable healthy food, placing Minnesota among the bottom 10 states in the nation for access to food. This session will examine new and emerging approaches to food access across Minnesota, including mobile grocery stores, safe routes to food, mobile food distribution, and local and regional food hubs. Speakers will highlight how their efforts developed in response to specific community needs, utilized key relationships in the community, and navigated policy and legal considerations to move each effort forward.



Public Engagement: Getting it Right
We are smarter together, and to do good change work we often need to have many voices engaged in our efforts. Still, public engagement can be perfunctory, at best, or marginalizing, at worse. In this workshop, we’ll talk about how to do rich, real, challenging public engagement in a way that will make your efforts not only reflective of public voice but meaningful for all involved. 



Small but Mighty: Working with Local Governments for Big Food Access Wins
Do you know your local government? Local governments have jurisdiction over a host of powerful levers to change the food landscape in communities, and your voice MATTERS. We will focus on developing long-term relationships with local governments to improve food access in communities through local planning and practice, using tools, resources, and concrete strategies to give you clarity and confidence!



Navigating Small Retail Food Stores to Increase Healthy Food Access
Improving the food environment begins with an understanding of the available foods, merchandising practices and the challenges associated with increasing access to healthy foods in small stores. This session is designed to increase your understanding of the small store retail environment and provide tools to support your efforts to improve food access, especially in communities with limited access to healthy choices.



To register, visit the website and review the downloadable PDF that lists the full schedule and breakout descriptions. You will tentatively choose your sessions at registration.  Then, click on the GREEN “Register” button. Cost is $185 per person and includes excellent meals. 

6:30 am ET

Soil Health Research

Presenters will discuss effects of cover crops, compost, and rotation, as well as the influence of soil management practices on economic returns.
The discussion is applicable to both organic and conventional practices, providing production systems to improve sustainability and profit. This webinar is free and open to the public, and it will be recorded as a webinar.
Organized by the Organic Farming Research Foundation, this special session on Soil Health Research is part of the Tri-Societies Annual Meeting. (The Tri-Societies are the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America).
Register for the live broadcast in advance:

Also, find all upcoming and archived eOrganic webinars at

The free series of educational guidebooks on Soil Health for Organic Farming is also available from the Organic Farming Research Foundation website. 
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