Indiana Food Summit

Each year, Purdue Extension, along with many partnering organizations, hosts the annual Indiana Local Food Summit. This event provides learning, networking and sharing opportunities for the people, communities and organizations working to create an Indiana food system that is more resilient, economically vibrant and diverse. Attendees will learn about new topics and be able to take a deep dive into learning and professional development as well as share their own community work with those from their region. Everyone attending the food summit will learn something new, make more network connections and be able to tell their story to others. Creating a vibrant food system in your community can increase the quality of life for all residents, making healthy food and food access all part of the equation.


2017 Indiana Food Summit

Register Now – 25-26 September 2017 on the IUPUI Campus


Monday 25 September

Food Systems Professional Development Workshops

Food Council Workshop: Mark Winne will lead our workshop for food councils where participants can expect to consider their role in the community food system, explore a comprehensive food planning framework and learn about the mixture of policy and programming for food councils. We will also discuss what a supportive statewide food policy framework would look like for Indiana.

Who Should Attend: Food Council members, elected officials, organizations supporting food councils, developing councils

Register Now! $75 – Food Council Professional Development Workshop (9/25, All-day + Materials)

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Food Finance Institute Training: This Level 1 training will provide an in-depth look at what food, beverage and value-added farm businesses need to do to optimize their business model and capital structure for profitability. This includes a discussion of current market trends in the sector, the basics of conducting market research, discussion of various business models in food (and their accompanying metrics/capital structure) as well as in-depth case studies of business model optimization with one or more of the business models presented. Participants will earn a Level 1 Certificate of Completion from the FFI.

Who Should Attend: Business advisors, SBDC advisors, loan advisors, anyone working with small business development

Register Now!  $125 – Food Finance Train the Trainer (9/25-9/26, Two-day + Certificate)

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Stock Healthy, Shop Healthy This workshop is a practical approach to creating healthy food environments in small retail stores. Tools, workbooks, signs and stories will compliment the information and resources available for store-owners and stakeholders to make changes. Stock Healthy, Shop Healthy is a comprehensive, community-based program that allows communities to improve access to healthy, affordable foods by working with a small food retailer.

Who Should Attend: Organizations and individuals working to increase healthy food in retail environments, convenience store managers/owners and organizations, dollar store managers/owners

Register Now! $75 – Stock Healthy, Shop Healthy – Healthier Food Retail Training (9/25, All-day + Materials)

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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Indiana Food Summit Conference, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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 concurrent sessions with speakers and panels that will focus on food policy, healthy food access, farm to school and food business.

Register Now! $50 All-day Food Summit Conference (9/26, Concurrent sessions)

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Indiana Food Summit Vendor and Networking Faire, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us in the courtyard for appetizers, cash bar, vendor tables and networking. This event is ticketed separately from the Food Summit and Workshops.

Register Now! $25 Evening Networking Faire (9/26, casual networking)


Opportunities for Vendors and Sponsors!

If you or your organization would like to have a table at the Vendor Faire, Sponsor the Summit to raise awareness for your business or Sponsor Scholarships, please take a moment to review our Sponsor categories. For more questions, contact Jodee Ellett.

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Opportunity to share your food citizen activities!

**New this year!** If you would like to submit a formal summary of activities for sharing with your peers in our Regional Networking Luncheons, please submit your summary (no more than 1500 characters or about 200 words) here.

Your Summary should include the WHAT, WHERE, HOW, WHO and WHEN of your food system activities. This could be an announcement about an upcoming event or meeting, a summary of your activities that are addressing a food system need in your community or outreach to find others interested in what you are doing or plan to do. You will have the chance to share your summary during the regional networking sessions and it will be printed, along with your contact information, in our regional session handouts.

Please keep in touch via Facebook for more on this event.


2016 Indiana Local Food Summit

Information and highlights from the 2016 event