The 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference brought together 1,040 stakeholders representing diverse professional backgrounds and communities from across the United States and internationally for three days of learning, networking and inspiration in Madison, Wis., in June 2016.

The conference theme, Moving Forward Together, was felt throughout the event, from First Lady Michelle Obama’s video remarks challenging us not to take our foot off the gas when it comes to public health, to Ricardo Salvador’s call to change the culture of exploitation in the food system, and throughout the hallways in between sessions as people hatched new partnerships and ideas to continue the momentum toward a healthy, just and sustainable food system for all.

Feedback is already rolling in!

“The most professionally valuable conference I have ever attended. And I go to a lot…”

– Wendy Peters Moschetti, Director of Food Systems, LiveWell Colorado

“I really think this was the best one yet!! There was just so much to choose from that there was something for everyone. One of the unique values of a national conference is to elevate and advance the conversation around certain issues. Food justice is of national importance and the speakers chosen did a great job of making this important issue relevant to everyone in the room.”

– Christina Conell, USDA Office of Community Food Systems

“Just wanted to thank you again for the excellent adventure. Our children are already benefiting from what we learned. Thanks so much for all you did for us!”

– A and M Childcare LLC, Texas

Read more about the conference on our day 1day 2 and day 3 blog recaps. See social media highlights on our Storify and view pictures from the conference on Flickr.

Thank you to all of our partners and sponsors who made this event a success, especially the Local Planning Committee led by local hosts: Center for Integrated Agriculture Systems at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection; and Community GroundWorks.