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Central U.P. Food Summit

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Masonic Square Mall

128 West Washington Street

Marquette, MI 49855

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Join us for an afternoon focused on local food.

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Hear what’s been going on in the local food scene, learn about the new UPFE online marketplace, and choose from educational tracks designed specifically for farmers, institutional purchasers, policy makers, and community members. Read on to learn more about our offerings this year, and how our Farmer-Buyer Meet & Greet works. You'll have the opportunity to sign up for just the Food Summit, just the Meet & Greet, or both.

We have travel scholarships available!

Want to attend but have trouble getting here – We can help! Please indicate when you register if mileage assistance/gas money is needed .

BREAK-OUT SESSIONS

Developing Your Farm Business for Multiple Markets- Recommended for Farmers

As trends develop in local food systems, diversification leads the way in creating a successful business model. Branding, value added opportunities, and diversifying your products can lead to growth. In this session, learn about collaborative efforts to help you expand and gain resources for your next step in the business.

Getting Involved with Local Food- Recommended for Consumers & Educators

Learn about programs that offer local food education, fundraising, and community building opportunities. This session highlights ways to use local food in fundraisers, collaborative swaps, and visits to area farms for agriculture, food, and natural resources education. Local is happening in our community --- find a new way to get involved!

How Municipalities Can Support Community Food Systems- Recommended for Policy Makers & Consumers

A vibrant local food system requires the support of local governments. Learn what steps your municipality can take to remove barriers to the growth of a local food economy, and what resources are available to help you.

Creating Successful Systems for Purchasing Local Food- Recommended for Purchasers, such restaurants, institutions, or retail

Sourcing local can seem daunting at first. Learn from those that have successfully incorporated buying local into their business model.

NEW THIS YEAR

Farmer - Buyer Meet & Greet

Are you a farmer looking for new markets? Or a business looking to purchase U.P grown products? Schools, restaurants, universities, early childhood or day care facilities are all great places to serve local food. Our meet & greet will allow chefs and food buyers to connect with U.P. farmers.

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