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Cultivating Connections Forum 2017
Fri, 3 Feb 2017, 6:00 PM – Sun, 5 Feb 2017, 2:00 PM MST
Regional food systems are growing...from support for local producers, abundant community gardens, healthy school food, major retailers putting local food on their shelves, to innovations in food system research, technology, and policy development.
Cultivating Connections will energize Alberta's regional food systems by gathering people from different groups to identify tangible opportunities to collaborate and inspire initiatives for vibrant regional food systems with improved access for all.
The event will feature an opening reception at City Hall; keynote speaker, Wayne Roberts, a renowned Canadian Food Policy Analyst and writer; and Taste and Sound of Alberta, an evening of local food, drink and music hosted by NAIT and featuring local vendors and artists.
Schedule at a glace:
Friday February 3, 2017 - Edmonton City Hall
5:30 pm - Doors open, registration
6:00 pm - Opening remarks
6:30 pm - Moderated panel discussion - Let’s Talk Food: Mayors’ Panel, featureing Don Iveson of Edmonton, Lisa Holmes of Morinville, & more!
8:00pm-9:00pm - Reception, mingling, booths
Saturday February 4, 2017 - Northlands Expo Centre
7:30 am - Registration, check in
8:00 am – 5:00 pm - Open Space
8:30 am - Plenary – Keynote Speaker, Wayne Roberts
10:30 am - Business of Farming: Access to capital, land, training, and processing (4 Concurrent Sessions)
12:00 pm - Lunch (provided)
1:00 pm - Local Food Enterprises: Scaling up and out, and understanding consumer buying behavior (4 Concurrent Sessions)
3:00 pm - Citizen Engagement & Social Justice: Food access, animation, activism, and capacity building (4 Concurrent Sessions)
Saturday Evening February 4, 2017 – NAIT
6:00 pm - Registration, check in
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm - NAIT's Taste and Sound of Alberta: featuring local vendors, artists, and musicians (Ernest’s Restaurant)
Sunday February 5, 2017 – Northlands Expo Centre
8:30 am - Registration, check in
9:00 am - Waste as a Resource: Realizing waste's potential, relishing food misfits and restoring ecologically beneficial practices (4 Concurrent Sessions)
11:00 am - Collective Buying Power: Public, corporate and community local food procurement practices (4 Concurrent Sessions)
12:45 pm - Lunch (provided) & Policy Plenary: The way forward - enabling bioregional food networks: protecting farmland, health equity, environmental quality, and economic viability
2:15 pm - Summary and Wrap Up: Facilitated by Annand Ollivierre and Wayne Roberts
See the website for more information: https://cultivatingconnections2017.splashthat.com/
Bursary options: For those of you who are unable to pay the ticket price for the forum, The Edmonton Community Foundation has provided funding for full admission for a number of participants. Fill out the bursary application by January 16, 2017 to be considered for free admission to Cultivating Connections 2017 by following this link: https://goo.gl/forms/jjcKErm4Q68S0nh72