Summit 2014

6th Annual Food & Farming Summit. January 31 and February 2

Click HERE for a report from Sharron May of May Farm about the 2014 Summit.

Click HERE for a trascript of Patty Cantrell's talk Making Economic Sense of Local Good Food


We had a good turnout (over 100) and a great program on January 31. Short presentations by many food and farming innovators were the afternoon focus. I hope we will get more summaries linked here soon, but for now click here to access a transcript of Patty Cantrell's talk, one of the best and most compelling of the afternoon's presentations.

This year's Summit is planned in two parts and to coincide with the Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference in Traverse City on February 1.

  • Both Summit events are free though donations will be gratefully accepted to help pay for the film rights (Suggested donation: $5)
  • Friday's events begin at 3 p.m., Sunday's at 10 a.m., both at the InsideOut Gallery in Traverse City (more details below)
  • Registration is requested (to give us some idea of how many to expect). Scroll to the bottom of the page for the RSVP form.

Draft Agenda (subject to change)

All events will be held at the InsideOut Gallery in Traverse City

Friday, January 31 Starting at 3 p.m. SHARP!

3 - 3:30 pm: Welcome, introductions, presentation of 2nd annual John Chapman Award

3:30 - 4:15: Quick-fire(5-minute)Network Updates pt 1: short presentations on Reaching the 20% Goal; Institution Sourcing; Agri-food Business Generation; Access to high-quality food. Updates will include Taste the Local Difference, Farm to School, the Regional Food Hub, the Farm to Freezer Porject and more.

4:15 - 4:30 Break - Move out to Outre Lounge

4:30 - 4:45: Patty Cantrell: New Roads to New Markets

4:45 - 5:30: Quick-fire (5-minute) Network Updates pt2: Farmland Resource Availability and other topics. Presentations will include the Farm Residency Project at Maple Bay Farm, the regional Grass Fed Beef project, Carter Compost and others.

5:30 - 6:30; Break for Dinner - Roaming Harvest food truck will be just outside!

6:30 MOVIE:Fresh

Sunday, February 2

10 am - noon: Action groups to form around food & farming projects to be determined by participants 

For more information

contact Jim Sluyter, 231-889-0199 or