Additional Events

Poster Session

Monday, May 17, 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Tuesday, May 18, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

On display throughout the conference, the posters visually depict the innovations and trends in farm to cafeteria projects across the country. The content, creativity, and design of the posters will provide you new ideas for your programs back home. Poster presenters will be available during two one-hour sessions to provide you an opportunity to ask questions, network, exchange ideas and provide feedback.

Fun Run!

Tuesday, May 18, 7:15 – 8:15 am

For those interested in a bit of exercise, join us Tuesday at 7:15 am for an easy run along the Detroit RiverWalk.  With beautiful views of the Detroit River, this 1.5 mile out-and-back run will leave from the GM Plaza and Promenade just outside of the Renaissance Center’s GM Garden.

Open Space Session

Tuesday, May 18, 2:00  – 3:30 pm

This is the opportunity for you to create the discussion group you want to see at the conference.  Bring your ideas and enthusiasm to this session where anyone and everyone is the presenter and participant.  Ground rules and facilitation will be provided at the beginning to set the tone and structure of the session.  This is not to be missed, as many important relationships and projects have started in open space sessions.

Northern Roots: Canada Digs In!

Tuesday, May 18, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Join your northern colleagues and help us to expand our roots across borders.  Discover how Canadians are growing local in schools, hospitals and other public institutions. Reflect upon the similarities and differences.  Share ideas, information, and resources on topics of interest during an interactive question and answer period.

The discussion will be facilitated by Joanne Bays, BaysGroup Consulting; Mary McKenna, University of New Brunswick; Lori Nikkel, FoodShare/Toronto Partners for Student Success; and Lori Stahlbrand, Local Food Plus.

Movie Night

Tuesday, May 18, First Screening – 6:30 pm, Second Screening – 8:30 pm

The National Farm to School Network and Applegate Farms are proud to present two stellar films about Farm to Cafeteria issues during our double feature movie night.  Screenings will begin at 6:30 pm & 8:30 pm, followed by Q & A with filmmakers. Come early for complimentary snacks and beverages, featuring natural, organic and local food – including Applegate Farms Organic Grass-fed Beef Hot Dogs.

Lunch Line reframes the school lunch debate through an examination of the program’s surprising past, present, and possible future.

Grown in Detroit Just imagine… Teen moms becoming urban farmers. Utopia? Not in Detroit. Nature is taking over the city and the new generation is taught to harvest its profit.

Community Service Project

Wednesday, May 19 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

You know a great school garden helps strengthen a farm to school program, so on Wednesday afternoon, attendees will have the opportunity to  help Greening of Detroit build a school garden for a Detroit school.  This is your chance to get your hands dirty and give back to our great host community.  Buses to the garden site will leave from the Marriott immediately following the final workshop session. Sponsored in part by Detroit Food & Fitness and Greening of Detroit.

Space is limited – sign up to participate when you register for the conference.


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