CONFERENCE: Mississippi Food Summit and Agricultural Revival – NOV 17-19
The Summit will be the third Mississippi Food Summit and Agricultural Revival in Mississippi since 2013. The three day event aims to stimulate discussions around organic, sustainable, and whole foods between farmers, health practitioners, legislators, chefs, educators, students, market managers and local food activists. The theme for this year’s summit is “Our strength is in our diversity”.
The goal of the Summit is to educate and empower Mississippians towards the continued development of local food systems which represent real solutions to some of the biggest health and economic related issues we face.
The event will be held at the Mississippi Agriculture & Forest Museum on Lakeland Avenue in Jackson, in conjunction with the Small Town Harvest Fest, which attracts thousands of families daily to experience old farming and homesteading techniques. Hundreds of local, regional, and national leaders will participate in the 2016 Summit which will take place over three days with a range of activities.
Thursday’s Farm to Cafeteria Conference, hosted by the Mississippi Farm to School Network includes: a keynote address by Chef Ann Cooper, farm-fresh inspired lunch prepared by local Chef Nick Wallace, and four tracts of workshops. Thursday concludes with a Food and Policy Forum sponsored by the Mississippi Food Policy Council and a presentation by Ken Meter on his “Overview of the Mississippi Food & Farm Economy”: as well a screening of “Food Chains” with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and the Alliance for Fair Food.