The 2nd Annual Around the Table Conference for farmers, food producers, restaurateurs and local food lovers. The conference is held in the Iron Horse Café and Conference Center on the Petoskey campus.
Around the Table: Growing Together, highlights the farm and food-focused initiatives of the Local Food Alliance of Northern Michigan. Featured speakers include representatives of the U.P. Food Exchange, which is the innovative Food Hub partnership between the Marquette Food Co-op and Michigan State University Extension. Also speaking are Brandon Seng and Mark Coe of Goodwill’s Farm to Freezer program. Dr. Rob Sirrine, a community food system educator from MSUE will also be on hand to discuss his work in leading the Grand Traverse Foodshed Alliance.
Facilitated discussions on creating a viable economy for farmers, rebuilding the food shed, the UP Food Exchange model and other topics of interest follow a light dinner of local foods. Farmers and food processors, distributors and consumers can explore new means to get more healthy local foods into our area stores, restaurants, schools, institutions and menus.
Sponsors of the event include North Central Michigan College, MSU Extension, the Grain Train Natural Foods Market and the Institute for Sustainable Living, Art and Natural Design (ISLAND). Convened by North Central’s Corporate and Community Education Department, the Local Food Alliance works to educate and raise community awareness of local foods and farms. The Alliance, which began in 2012, has been a driving force in the ever-growing presence of small, locally-marketed food and farm products around the area.
A $10 registration fee includes materials and refreshments. Tickets and information are available at www.ncmich.edu/cce or by calling 231.348.6708 or 231.348.6705.
Petoskey, on Little Traverse Bay, is about 60 miles north of Traverse City on US-31.