Date(s) & Time(s)::
March 11, 2015 at 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM
Location: IPFW Walb Classic Ballroom
The Purdue Extension Local Food Program and the Allen County Extension Office are teaming up to host the Fort Wayne Local Food Summit on March 11, 2015.
Across the nation, local foods have emerged as a growing business sector. New jobs are being created in our local food system including producers, distributors, and new markets, such as food hubs and mobile grocery services. Consumers are very interested in buying local food and are driving the demand in grocery stores, restaurants, and farmers markets. In a recent report to the U.S. Congress, the Economic Research Service reported that sales of local food in 2012 were an estimated $6.1 billion in the U.S. In Indiana, over 3600 farmers reported a 20% increase in direct sales to consumers from 2007 to 2012, and nearly 1000 farms are selling to restaurants, grocers and institutional buyers.
According to a 2012 census, 33% of Indiana s school are bringing the farm to school, spending over $7 million on locally grown food.
The Fort Wayne Local Food Summit intends to place local food and agricultural economic development on the agendas of public policymakers, business leaders, not-for-profit institutions, and citizens. The net result will be greater possibilities of working together, creating jobs, doing business, and expanding the economy right here in Northeast Indiana. Please join us to learn how to make a positive impact in our local community.
Please join us for the Fort Wayne Local Food Summit on Wednesday March 11, 2015. You can register online at http://bit.ly/1CaCXoF or by calling the Allen County Extension Office at (260) 481-6826. Doors open at 8:30am, with presentations and activities planned from 9:00 am -3:00pm.
The Summit will be held in the IPFW Walb Classic Ballroom with free Parking in P2. The cost is $10 and includes lunch and beverages.
Deadline is March 4, 2015.
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