Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Florida Local Food Summit, Orlando, 2014

Orlando, Fla.--This was the first year of the Florida Local Food Summit. It was held last month, on the upper floor of the East End Market in Orlando. The summit brought together people from all over Florida, the United States and even Canada. It was designed to educate, energize, and promote change in the local food movement.
Florida Local Food Summit Dinner, East End Market, Orlando, Fla.
Copyright 2014 by Helen A Lockey
There were 150 people in attendance from farms, grocery stores, local governments and the public. Keynote speakers like Canadian farmer Jean-Martin Fortier and chef/farmer Matthew Raidford, of Georgia, spoke about local food systems in their areas.

The summit was hosted by Earth Learning, East End Market, Local Roots Distribution and Florida Organic Growers. The first day was all about education and was broken into three categories: organic farming, entrepreneurship, and permaculture.

The second day of the summit was about building communities through breakout session workshops.

Sessions were broken up by meals prepared by local chefs with local Florida ingredients and more. The first day ended in an al fresco dinner in the first floor's gravel courtyard. 

It was a two-day event of seeing old friends and making new ones. It was a way for conventional farmers to meet organic, sustainable and permaculture farmers. It was a huge success.

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