Local Food Summit Program Agenda


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February 11, 2013
McNichols Building
144 W. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO


10:00AM to 11:15AM
Event Welcome, Introductions + "Creating a More Vibrant Local Food Economy"
In order to successfully shift our food system to a more sustainable, localized model, we must explore changes in food production, manufacturing, processing, and retail models. Hear from industry professionals on innovative changes they're making in their own businesses and organizations to create a more vibrant local food economy.

Featured Speaker, Woody Tasch, Slow Money.
Woody Tasch is Founder and Chairman of Slow Money, a non-profit formed to catalyze the flow of investment capital to small food enterprises and to promote new principles of fiduciary responsibility to support sustainable agriculture and the emergence of a restorative economy. In 2010, Utne Reader named Woody one of "25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World." Woody's book "Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money" is published by Chelsea Green and now available in paperback.

11:30 - 12:15PM- Breakout Session 1:
"Farm to Table: Strategies for Developing Strong Relationships Between Farmers and Restaurants"
Sponsored by Dutch Heritage Gardens
In this panel discussion, restaurateurs and farmers speak about techniques for building a successful relationship; recommendations on best-practices for both parties, lessons learned from previous experiences, as well as insight on how to address key issues on both sides around planning, production capacity, consistency and pricing.

"First Steps in Local Sourcing"
Interested in integrating more local purchasing into your business? This session will offer useful advice and strategies on where to start and how to implement changes that make economic sense for your company.

12:30 to 1:30PM - Lunch.
Choose a locally-sourced lunch from one of 20 different Denver-area restaurants who are sourcing from local farms and ranchers in celebration of the mayor's 2020 sustainability goals.

Restaurants or caterers interested in participating in donating lunch for additional visibility at the Local Food Summit should contact Sarah Wells directly at sarah.wells@milehighbiz.org, or 303.437.3765.

1:45PM to 2:30PM - Breakout Session 2:

Grown to Order: Starting your own farm.
Think you're ready to step up your local sourcing and grow your own produce? This panel discussion will provide feedback from Colorado restaurants and local food producers who have started their own farms. Find out more about set-up time, investment cost, lessons-learned and best practices to see if it's the right step for you.

Government Support and Initiatives
Sponsored by the Denver Seeds Taskforce
In this listening session between local food professionals and local government officials, join this conversation about how city and state governments are trying to support a more localized food economy. Learn more about city-supported initiatives that are supporting local growing and processing, as well as what opportunities may exist to expand this support. This forum is an excellent opportunity to offer important feedback to government officials regarding your own needs and interests.

Marketing & Local Food - Why telling your story matters
As more consumers are starting to value environmental and social commitments from the businesses they support, food-related companies are beginning to shift to more sustainable, localized models. This session will discuss trends in consumer behavior as it relates to valuing a commitment to local, as well as provide examples of businesses who have leveraged their commitment to local food as a way to increase revenue.

2:45PM to 3:30PM - Breakout Session 3:

Wholesale Decisions
Sponsored by Growers Organic
Main Colorado wholesalers discuss their own progress and challenges as it relates to local sourcing, as well as answer questions from potential producers and clients. What kind of due diligence do wholesalers provide to restaurants and markets? How do farmers work with wholesalers and what are the incentives in doing so? What factors affect pricing? How has the sourcing system changed in the last few years?

Challenges and Changes in Local Food Legislation
Sponsored by the Colorado Restaurant Association - Mile High Chapter
What changes are currently being discussed in government that would simplify or encourage local sourcing? How do restaurants, markets, food producers and farmers navigate existing legislation? What do you need to know about current laws in order to run a successful food-based business in Colorado?

Food Cooperatives & Their Role in Changing Our Economy
Sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union
A discussion on the role that cooperatives play in shaping our local food movement. Join the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union for a presentation on their cooperative development center and how it relates to a more resilient and competitive local food economy.

3:45PM to 4:30PM - Breakout Session 4:

Local Food Producers Support
Sponsored by Whole Foods Market
Colorado is home to an inspiring number of companies producing natural food products. This session will discuss different stages of developing your product-oriented business, laws governing that development, resources for increasing production, as well as opportunities for local sourcing and developing relationships with producers.

Colorado Liquid Arts
Sponsored by the Colorado Brewers' Guild
Local breweries, distilleries and vintners are a major force in Colorado's local food culture, not to mention a substantial piece of Colorado's local food economy. This panel of industry representatives in microbreweries, wineries and distilleries will discuss how these industries are developing in Colorado, and how you can easily include local beverage producers in your sourcing decisions.

Understanding Ranching Practices & Responsible Sourcing in Colorado
Sponsored by Ranch Foods Direct
Hear from Colorado ranchers about the difference between factory farmed vs. family farmed meat, current practices relating to ranching and processing, what to look for when you're sourcing local options, where to find it, and what to expect in terms of pricing.

4:45PM to 6PM - Closing Reception + Local Food Producer Hall
Join us for an afternoon reception featuring sampling from local Colorado food producers and a beer and wine tasting from local breweries and vintners as we celebrate a shared vision for a vibrant local food economy!

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