Kentucky Local Food Systems Summit
5th Annual Kentucky Local Foods Summit
March 29, 2023 | University of Kentucky
The Food Connection at the University of Kentucky, in partnership with the Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, invite you to join in a full day of workshops, networking, and conversations designed to bring together local food professionals and advocates who work on the front lines of growing our local food and farm economy. The Summit will bring together local food systems practitioners from across Kentucky to share challenges, opportunities, best practices, and build capacity for our local/regional food economy.
This year's event includes three primary session tracks: Value Chain Coordination, Cultivating a Just, Equitable, + Resilient Local Food System, and Where Are We Going?
Schedule of Events:
- 8:00-9:00 AM - Registration + Coffee
- 9:00-10:30 AM - Welcome + Opening Panel
- 10:45-11:45 AM - Breakout Session 1
- 12:00-1:30 PM - Lunch + Networking + Poster Sessions
- 1:45-2:45 PM - Breakout Session 2
- 3:00-4:00 PM - Breakout Session 3
- 4:00-5:30 PM - Networking Reception
For Cooperative Extension guests, this summit qualifies for KERS credits. Stay tuned for KERS registration.
Early bird registration for the Summit is $75 per person ending 1/15/2023. Regular Registration is $95 per person. Registration includes Summit attendance, parking, all day coffee, a locally sourced KY Proud lunch, and a networking reception (please bring your ID if you think you may have an alcoholic beverage at the reception).
Scholarships are available on an as needed basis. For more information, please contact Dr. Ashton Potter Wright.
2023 KYLSS Sessions
Value Chain Coordination
- Breakout 1: Building a Value Chain Collaborative in Kentucky
- Breakout 2: The Farm to Distribution World
- Breakout 3: Ohio Valley Grain Exchange
Cultivating a Just, Equitable, + Resilient Local Food System
- Breakout 1: Exploring Strategies to Achieve Deep Change in the Local Food System
- Breakout 2: Creating Investment in an Equitable Food System
- Breakout 3: Lightning Food Systems Case Studies with Cooperative Extension
Where Are We Going?
- Breakout 1: Trialing a Global Farm Sustainability Assessment Tool in Kentucky
- Breakout 2: Embedding Local Food System Targets in Broader Sustainability Efforts to Increase the Impact of Both
- Breakout 3: KDA Food Distribution – Federal Programs Feeding KY and Promoting Local Agriculture
The 2023 Kentucky Local Food Systems Summit is brought to you by The Food Connection, the Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development, and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.