2017 Statewide Food Council Gathering Concurrent Sessions

Nov 30 – Dec 1, 2017 || Bermuda Run, NC

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More than 12 breakout sessions will be offered during the event to help build capacity of local food councils and local food advocates. More details and times of sessions will be added soon.

Workshop sessions and speakers:


Thursday, November 30, 2017

2:00 – 3:15 PM

Concurrent Sessions

Using Results Based Accountability: from priority setting to grant writing

  • Rebecca Reeve, UNCA Health & Wellness
  • Dave Walker, Watauga Food Council & Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture

Council structures: Questions to ask and tools to use

  • Karen Bassarab, Center for a Livable Future

Speaking Your Truth: Telling Your Organization’s Story with Integrity and Joy*

  • Joy Saylers, Folklorist, Social Activist

*This session is from 2:00 – 4:45pm.

3:30 – 4:45 PM

Concurrent Sessions

Meaningful Measures of Impact: Exploring options and techniques for measuring success of your food council

  • Danielle Sherman, Active Living by Design
  • Tracy Kunkler, Circle Forward Partners & Appalachian Foodshed Network Map
  • Rev. Dr. Joe Blosser, High Point University
  • Erin White, Community Food Lab & Capital Area Food Network

Speaking Your Truth: Telling Your Organization’s Story with Integrity and Joy*

  • Joy Saylers, Folklorist, Social Activist

*This session is from 2:00 – 4:45pm.


Friday, December 1, 2017

9:00 – 10:15 AM

Concurrent Sessions

Lessons in Advocacy: How Food Councils Are Impacting Policy Change

  • Karen Bassarab, Center for a Livable Future
  • Jared Cates, Community Food Strategies, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

Is a Food Hub Right For Your Community? Best Practices from Food Hubs Around North Carolina

  • Thomas Moore, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Cabarrus Farm and Food Council)
  • Shannon Carroll, High Country Food Hub
  • Neal Curran, Bull City Cool
  • Sarah Daniels, Feast Down East
  • Maxine White, Coalition for Healthier Eating

Communications Essentials to Energize and Engage Volunteers and Your Community

  • Kivi Leroux Miller, Nonprofit Marketing Guide

10:30 – 11:45 AM

Concurrent Sessions

Local & Regional Governments: Best Practices for Citizen Advocates

  • Emily Edmonds, NC Growing Together, Center for Environmental Farming Systems

Working with Higher Education Institutions

  • Michelle Eley, NC A&T State University
  • Robyn Stout, NC 10% Campaign & U Foods, Center for Environmental Farming Systems
  • Clifton Dial, St. Andrews University & ScotLand Grows
  • Noran Sanford, Growing Change & ScotLand Grows
  • Seth Heffern, Growing Change & St. Andrews University

Different Pathways to State and Federal Policy Change

  • Edgar Miller, Conservation Trust for NC & North Carolina Local Food Council
  • Rochelle Sparko, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
  • John Coggin, The Rural Center
  • Grady McCallie, Conservation Network
  • Sarah Jacobson, American Heart Association
  • Preston Peck, Toxic Free NC
  • Katherine Metzo, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Food Policy Council

Getting real about local food – a regional approach

  • Mike Ortosky, Orange County Economic Development
  • Gini Bell, Farmer FoodShare
  • James Watts, Weaver St. Market
  • Napoleon Wallace, NC Department of Commerce
  • Brett Evans, Red Hawk Farms

Special thanks to our event sponsors:

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Bhramari Brewery   580CraftBeer      Burt's Logo

We are inviting organizations and businesses to support this event with financial sponsorship.  We are open to creative ideas for sponsors to contribute and add value to this event.  See the varying sponsorship levels and benefits here.  Please contact Gini Knight at (919) 515-5362 or at gini_knight@ncsu.edu with questions or ideas.

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