Northwest Wisconsin Regional Food Summit

Northwest Wisconsin Regional Food Summit – next Thursday and Friday, March 24-25 at UW-Barron County in Rice Lake, WI

On Thursday and Friday, March 24 and 25, the Northwest Wisconsin Regional Food Summit will create a space for celebrating and connecting local food initiatives led by farmers and other community members, institutions, businesses, and organizations. Anyone with an interest in developing a more just, sustainable food system in the region is encouraged to attend the Summit, which will be held at the UW – Barron County campus in Rice Lake in Ritzinger Hall.

The theme of the event is “Building Community Food Connections,” and nationally recognized keynote speakers Ken Meter of the Crossroads Resource Center and Mark Winne of the Community Food Security Coalition will share their advice and experience with participants on Thursday and Friday, respectively. Their presentations will complement workshops and panel discussions led by local leaders from throughout the region.

Thursday’s schedule begins at 12:30 pm and includes a training on sourcing local foods designed specifically for institutional food service directors and their allies as well as a workshop on organizing for food justice for regional community members. A dinner featuring local foods will begin at 5:00 pm followed by Ken Meter’s “Finding Food in Farm Country” presentation on the regional food economy. A mini film festival beginning at 8:00 pm will close the evening.

Friday’s events run from 8:30 – 4:30 and include six different sessions highlighting local efforts in the areas of “Building Direct Connections,” “Connecting Farms & Businesses/Institutions,” and “Connecting through Community Partnerships.” Mark Winne will deliver his keynote presentation after a local foods lunch starting at 11:30. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) will hold a concurrent food safety workshop for producers on Friday as well.

Registration fees are $25 for Thursday only (including dinner) and $35 for Friday (including breakfast and lunch), or $50 for the whole Summit. For more information and a registration brochure, visit the events calendar at or contact Tracey Mofle at 715-790-9177 or The Summit is made possible with funding from Heifer USA with support from West CAP’s Local Foods Program, the Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), UW-Barron County, and other organizing partners.



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