2nd Annual Kentucky Local Foods Summit


The Food Connection at the University of Kentucky, in partnership with Bluegrass Farm to Table and Kentucky Proud, invites you to the Kentucky Local Food Systems Summit. This day of workshops, networking, and conversation is designed to bring together food systems professionals who work on the front lines of growing our local farm and food systems.

Our goal for the summit is to provide: (1) valuable connections with other food system leaders and practitioners, (2) innovative tools to approach local food system development (3) an update on the latest research, and (4) spur new collaborations and initiatives.  By bringing great minds together, we hope to foster a state-wide common vision through collaborative discussions and strategy development to ultimately promote a vibrant and sustainable food system in Kentucky.
For Cooperative Extension guests, this summit qualifies for KERS credits.
We promise an invigorating mix of research, programs and tools, and facilitated conversations that will help us all move the needle towards our goals of a healthy and vibrant farm and food system, including topics like:

  • Local Food 101: terms, stakeholders, and resources
  • Kentucky Kids in the Kitchen: Making the most of the Culinary Challenge
  • Farmers Market Innovations
  • Extending the Season, Expanding Markets 
  • Chef Ambassador Training: Teaching others to cook
  • Two round table discussions on the current needs and opportunities facing Kentucky farmers and community food security.

Registration includes summit attendance, parking for off-campus guests, all day coffee, a locally sourced lunch, and networking reception attendance.

Read more about the first annual KY Local Foods Summit here.