Welcome to the 6th Annual Local Food Summit!

Where: Washtenaw Community College, Morris J. Lawrence Building [map]
When: Monday, March 31st, 8:00am - 4:30pm
Registration is required at:
Cost - By 3/17/2014 (Extended to 3/24/2014!): $40 (registration & food for the day)
Cost - After 3/24/2014: $50 (registration & food for the day)
Please Note: Space is limited.  Please register as soon as possible if you would like to be assured a space.  There will only be walk-up/day of registration if spaces are available.

Registration is open
Members of our community may have different backgrounds, divergent perspectives, and distinct food-related interests. However, whether we are expanding healthy food access, supporting local businesses, preserving food cultures, protecting the environment, or advocating for local farmers, our efforts to strengthen local and regional food systems unite us. With our combined visions, we can continue to build the good food movement and create the future we want for our ourselves and our community.

The theme of this year's Local Food Summit is Many Cultures, One Movement. With this theme as our guide, the Summit seeks to explore: What does our local food movement look like? What are our food cultures? How do food and culture intersect in our local food system? What do we want our local food movement to look like in the future? And, how can we inspire others to get involved or do more?

Our opening event is the Good Food Potluck & Film, FREE,  at 5PM on Sunday March 30 RSVP here

Join the organizers of the Summit for a night of community building, food, discussion and film. Bring a dish to the potluck representing your “food culture” and contribute to the Local Food Summit’s very first collection of recipes. The night begins with a potluck dinner (with some donations from Summit sponsors) and features a screening of the award winning documentary film "American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs."  Bring the whole family to cultivate connections with supporters of the local food system.

The Local Food Summit Recipe Collection
Do you have a dish that you’ve perfected or a favorite recipe passed down to you? Which of your dishes best represents your “food culture?” Bring your recipe to the Good Food Potluck to participate in our first ever recipe collection. Bring the original copy of the recipe to be photographed-- whether handwritten, on a recipe card, or splattered with ingredients. Share your food culture!

Keynote & Morning sessions We are honored to feature Grace Lee Boggs as a speaker at this year's Local Food Summit.  Other details of the program are being confirmed and will be posted very soon..
We will highlight "Local Food Victories" of the past year, focusing on many of the leaders creating systemic change in our food system. And we will actively strategize how to engage a broader community to strive for future local food victories. As the program is finalized it will be posted to

Great local food throughout the day Members of our team are working with the Chef and catering division at WCC and with generous donors to provide delicious local food throughout the day. If you would like to donate local food for the event please contact us ASAP.  As the menu is finalized it will be posted to

Afternoon Sessions will include old as well as new and exciting formats. The afternoon offers opportunities for learning, networking, listening, discussing, and inspiring, as well as chances for participants to connect with food work already happening locally, or gain support for new ideas and projects. View the program here.

After Party After the Summit, we invite you to meet informally at the Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery  in Ypsilanti (formerly Corner Brewery).

Scholarships We are again offering financial need-based scholarship applications for anyone who would like to attend. See the scholarship registration form at for more information. We are also offering the possibility of sponsorship of these scholarships (see below).

Sponsorships There are opportunities to be involved as a sponsor of the summit. Benefits include complimentary registration(s), program listing, and tabling space (as space allows), etc. Please find a sponsorship application at

We're looking forward to seeing you on March 30 & 31 at the 6th Annual Local Food Summit!