Community Food Summits

Purdue Extension has developed an agenda for a community-wide food summit where stakeholders can gather for a day-long learning and engagement workshop. We can tailor the educational needs to your community to include topics such as: Food Councils, Food Hubs, Distribution, Shared-Use Kitchens, Elements of a Local Food System, Grower/Buyer networking or Farm to School. Roundtable discussions are an important part of the Summit, and we can facilitate a number of smaller group activities to engage stakeholders in a more intimate setting.

A Local Food Summit for your community could kick off a year-long agenda for rebuilding elements of your local food system. The intent is to place local food and agricultural economic development on the agendas of public policymakers, business leaders, not-for-profit institutions, and citizens. The net result will be greater possibilities of working together, creating jobs, doing business, and expanding the economy in Indiana.

During our recent summits, attendees were able to meet others who are working to rebuild the local food system, and many valuable conversations began. Local growers who were interested in the concept of a food hub as a marketing channel for their food, were sitting with the community leaders and individuals who are also interested in seeing this innovative strategy work for their town. Together, various stakeholders can begin to work as a team to make these food system ideas and creative solutions a reality for your community.

2017 Local Food Summits

Indiana Locations: Columbus, Fort Wayne, Spencer County, Auburn, White County, Johnson County, Dubois County Local Foods Tour

2016 Local Food Summits

Muncie, Terre Haute, Fort Wayne, Columbus, Seymour, Lafayette, Princeton

2015 Local Food Summits

Fort Wayne, Allen County; Valparaiso, Porter County

Contact your local County Extension office to learn more about hosting a food summit in your region!