Planning for the 2014 Summit:

Can you make a Local Food Summit 2014 Organizational Meeting?"  Please fill out the following doodle poll (with your email address so that we can be sure to follow-up):

In the coming weeks we will have at least 2 organizational meetings to begin the planning for the Local Food Summit 2014.  The meetings will discuss and brainstorm organizational structure of the planning team and sub-committees, possible summit co-chairs, possible themes and vision for the 2014 Summit, and logistics like dates/locations for the Summit.  All interested in helping plan the Summit are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Even if you think you would prefer to work on a sub-committee instead of on the overall planning committee it is quite helpful if you attend an organizational meeting.  Please share the above doodle poll with anyone who might be interested. Thanks!

Directions to the 2013 Summit!

Welcome to the 5th Annual HomeGrown Local Food Summit for the stakeholders of the local food system in the Washtenaw County area of Michigan!

Where: Washtenaw Community College, Morris J. Lawrence Building [map]
When: Friday, February 22, 2013, 8am - 4pm
Registration is required at:
Cost - By 2/15/2013: $40 (registration & food for the day)
Cost - After 2/15/2013: $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 opens Friday, January 18th! This year's Local Food Summit will continue on themes of building connections and relationships, and has an overall theme of (Re)Imagining a Fair Food System.

Keynote & Morning sessions We will have a keynote from Malik Yakini, Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network.  We will host a panel discussion featuring Saru Jayaraman and food system leaders from SE Michigan to discuss working towards a fair food system in our community. Dr. Jayaraman is the Co-Founder/Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and the author of the forthcoming book, Behind the Kitchen Door. We will be revisiting pitches from last year and are having an activity called Innovations for a Fair Food System: From stories to solutions.  The program is finalized.

Great local food throughout the day Members of our team are working with Washtenaw Community College Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management program students and faculty, 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.  The menu is finalized - thanks to all our local food donors and purveyors.
Afternoon sessions will include several old as well as new and exciting formats. In addition, the afternoon will include tours of innovative local food facilities, opportunities for meeting with particular affinity groups and communities of interest, and a variety of workshops.  The program is finalized.
After Party After the Summit, we invite you to meet informally at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti.
Pre-Summit Event(s) Through support from Whole Foods Market there will be a screening of the film "The Greenhorns" the night before the summit.  Please follow this link for more details.
Scholarships We are again offering scholarship applications to anyone who would like to come but is finding the cost prohibitive. (And we are offering the possibility for anyone to sponsor these scholarships.)  Update: we were able to hand out a record number of scholarships this year, but we are no longer able to accept scholarship applications.
Sponsorships There are opportunities to be involved as a sponsor of the summit.  Benefits include comlimentary registration(s), program listing, and tabling space (as space allows) etc.  Please find a sponsorship application at
We're looking forward to seeing you at the 5th Annual HomeGrown Local Food Summit!  If you have questions, please email