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TimestampName:Email:The following possible *draft* mission statements for the Local Food Summit were discussed at the summer 2013 visioning session: 1)To increase fairness and innovation in the food system through increased participation; 2) Building a fair and innovative food system through increased engagementPlease share your strong beliefs about what the Local Food Summit mission statement should include:At the summer 2013 visioning session, many themes were discussed for focusing our work and a vote resulted in the following top 5 list of topics to work on: Increasing fairness in the food system; Innovation; More mainstream participation; More active participation; and Policy that strengthens a regional food system, all with an emphasis on creativityPlease share ideas regarding ways you would like to take action over the next 2-3 years:Which, if any, previous Local Food Summits have you participated in?Which, if any, previous Local Food Summits did you think were particularly successful?Do you have ideas you would like to share regarding logistics of Local Food Summit 2014?Do you have ideas you would like to share regarding the format of Local Food Summit 2014?Do you have ideas for developing the content of Local Food Summit 2014?Keynote speaker: should Local Food Summit 2014 have one? If so, who would you recommend, or what type of keynote speaker would you like to see?Please share any other ideas, thoughts, or suggestions you have for Local Food Summit 2014 (focusing especially on what is needed now):Please describe what made these Summits particularly successfulWhat previous role(s) have you have held with the Local Food Summit?
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11/11/2013 10:39:46Jason Frenzelcharlesfrenzel@gmail.comi like them!Seem like a great list of things to work on!i would like to grow and preserve more of my own food. i need more time.2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013I like the idea of focusing on youth. If we do this, we may need to shift the day of the week to allow for youth attendance.I like having a keynote.volunteer coordinator
co-chair
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11/11/2013 13:22:55Mary Beth Wyllielastminutelucy@msn.comI have a strong negative reaction to the use of "fair" in this context. Increased participation, great. Food security for all, yes. Fairness is an arguement used by my 11 year-old when she doesn't want to do something.I believe the Summit should be about coming together to identify and solve problems (not just attend lectures), food security, and gaining the competence to know how to feed ourselves and become more self-reliant within our own food shed.I support all except the statement "increasing fairness in the food system". What does that mean and how is it actionable?I want to partipate in a permiculture study group that will result in several local food forests being started.
I want to educate people in growing their own food, identifying what ripe food looks like on a plant, and to better understand basic cooking for myself.
2010, 2011, 20122010, 2011More sharing of resources/knowledge/interests amoung the participants.I really enjoyed Dan Carmody of Eastern Market. My friend attended in 2010 and hasn't gone again because it didn't met his need for information and resources. He has gone on to purchase a farm and start a small CSA while looking to expand his part in the local food system. I'm always thinking about how to attract this type of participant and offer enough value to make him want to come back and be a part of the summit.I think different parts of each were successfully. I enjoyed the space at the SNR, but I know it is too small for our needs. The best sessions I attended were the ones with the most interaction between participants. I got to know people that over the years I recognize around town or celebrate their successes as their garlic farms or their CSAs grow and florish.participant in '10 and '11, sub-committee planning for "content" in '12
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11/11/2013 15:48:59Molly Notariannimolly.notarianni@gmail.comI like that they are both short and sweet. I wasn't there for the process, but...a few thoughts from me:

1) Keep it simple and broad (is it appears to be!)
2) I'd suggest keeping it flexible. As we do work to change our local food system, I think our goals will shift over time.
3) Come to a consensus (if that's possible!) before too long. It's never going to be perfect, and it's better to come up with something sooner to start to work from then worry about every last detail and implication.
4) This is just me, but I really, really like using the word "resilient" to describe the food system I'd like to create. I think that goes beyond a food system that is fair and innovative, to one that focuses on all of really unsexy work that also needs to be done. And involving the people who are doing that essential yet unsexy work in the conversation at every level!!
see question #1

also: I'm sure this has been the topic of much discussion, but the focus is on Washtenaw County, yes? If so, I think that needs to be stated explicitly, and continually taken into consideration as the event is planned.
Those all sound like good goals to me.

again, a few thoughts:

1) Can we define "more mainstream participation?" I know what I think that means, but too me it sounds a little loaded. Where do "increasing fairness" and "more mainstream participation" intersect?
2) Can "creativity" include researching our past to learn how to move forwards? What has and hasn't worked, historically? Let's include our elders--and by that I don't really mean 85-year-old farmers, but folks who have been activists in Ann Arbor, or involved in food system work in other places besides Ann Arbor, for many years. I think the issues are more complex and entrenched than we sometimes realise.
3) While I agree that we need to focus on those 5 topics, it seems like almost too much to tackle all at once. Maybe each of the next 5 years could specifically focus on a certain theme? They are all so interrelated that conversation about any one will likely include elements of the rest.
oh boy. Big questions! If I knew specifically, I would already be doing it : )

Working to facilitate connections between all of the different participants in the food system. Figuring out what really needs to happen to make this stuff work. Approaching structural issues from unconventional angles. Doing more listening more than talking.
2009, 2010, 2011, 2013so hard. I don't know. Weekday, weekend, winter, summer, somebody is always going to have a conflict.see above. More unstructured / structured chatting time!I think it is less about the content, although as above I like the idea of focusing year - by - year on the 5 main focus areas.

How about a less (for lack of a better word) "academic" keynote speaker?
I am ambivalent about this. I thought the keynote speakers last year were relevant and great. I'm not sure what direct change it affected in our community, but it's nice for folks to be exposed to "new" / challenging ideas.

Because, at least in its current iteration, the Summit seems to aim to reach *such* a broad audience, I think it is challenging to find a speaker that is universally relevant. Farmers are not going to find the same thing relevant as a UM undergrad. That's okay, but it is reality. Either the Summit needs to more narrowly define its audience, or change its structure to continue to be relevant for all its attendees.
* More clearly articulate what its focus is
* Think about how it can remain relevant to all of its attendees

thanks, y'all! Excited to finally get involved and see how all this happens.
Honestly, I think the greatest value of the Summit is not any class or keynote speaker, but the ability to get a lot of different people involved in different aspects of the food system in one place, so they can talk. I'd almost suggest more time for networking, but maybe more "structured" chatting, so folks who are newcomers or have fewer connections can feel more comfortable and included. (ie, let's all sit at a table and talk about some specific topic and then swap after 20 minutes)attendee (wasn't in town for 2012 or i would have come then as well)
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11/13/2013 10:21:41Lesli Hoeylhoey@umich.eduThey both say essentially the same thing, but I like the 2nd best...just flows better (and makes it sound more definitive -- we don't just want 'more fair', we want 'fair', period. And we don't just want to increase innovation, but we constantly want an innovative, unique food system that moves beyond what others are thinking and trying... And I like the word 'engagement' better than just 'participation'. I still think it sounds great!Love #2 above stillI think we need to flesh some of these out more, maybe through summits where we consider/reflect on and debate whether some of these goals may be at odds - does increasing fairness focus on fairness for farmers or consumers or the environment, and how can we have it all ways at once? Mainstream participation in what - what do we want to reduce, what do we want to increase? Innovation for what? strengthen regional food system in what respects - economically, environmentally, socially/cultural diversity wise, sovereignty/our control over policies/decisions, etc.Bring in speakers from cities/regions/countries doing things that offer out of the box thinking... Find groups in the region that haven't been brought into the conversation and find respectful/appropriate ways to engage them (possibly not through the summit) - the homeless population, youth, elderly, those who depend on food assistance, high income populations...20132013I like the neutral ground (and space) of the WCCWe probably need to rethink how we ran the 'speed date' skill sharing - my sense is that didn't work so well...We might want to be in tuned with other events that may be held at UM, to collaborate rather than compete (one conference idea that seems somewhat similar/synergistic is the one proposed - not yet funded - by Lilly ShapiroI say yes... Keep bringing in thought-provoking speakers, even controversial ones that get people talking/reacting... Julie Guthman? Raj Patel? Will Allen? I only know 2013, so I have a limited view... But I think having dynamic speakers like Saru Jayaraman and Malik Yakini stirred up people's thinking...I came to the larger organizational meetings and was on the content sub-committee (and helped with the evaluation).
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11/13/2013 11:22:44Nicki Sandbergnsitko@gmail.comBoth seem very similar, but the second mission resonates more with me in terms of building a system and working on engaging people. I think it's broad enough to not be exclusive, but I wish it was a bit more specific.An emphasis on inclusiveness and fairness.More mainstream and active participation I think are crucial for supporting and implementing policy or systemic changes. Expanding the network and community of people engaged in these issues will I think naturally enhance innovation and increase fairness. Education! I would love to have formal and informal avenues to share with people the importance of the food system and expose them to great things that are already going on. This could be events/presentations at community organizations/schools, tours of local food system innovations and best practices etc.
20132013A weekend would be preferable to capture people who work full time Mon-Fri and cannot take time off work to attend. One day is plenty of time. WCC seemed to be a fine venue - my only concern would be if people from Chelsea/Dexter/Western Washtenaw have issues attending or would like to see something in their area. I also think spring or early summer is an ideal team. I realize that farmers etc are very busy this time of year, however there would be more opportunities for tours/outdoor activities, demonstrations etc during the growing season.I would like to know what sessions were best attended last year to see what people were most interested in. I think having (continuing to have) practical skill-building or activity sessions might entice people who want to feel like they are getting something tangible from their involvement (i.e. if it costs money, what am I actually getting). Having practical solution-oriented sessions and framing it as such should be marketed to get people to attend.I think their could almost be two tracks or maybe event two events: one for people to gain a basic understanding of food systems/services/skills/local resources that appeals more broadly to anyone in the community (maybe even a few sessions in Spanish - I would be happy to help with this) (maybe this is more like a community event/fair/outreach conference) and a second that engages important leaders/officials/representatives from decision-making entities/government/businesses and actually works toward identifying issues and implementing policies/solutions (this could work with the Washtenaw Food Policy Council...).I would actually like to have another panel to get diverse perspectives and hear about more things - one keynote can take up a long time. Ideally they should be people locally or regionally - i.e. Washtenaw County/SE Michigan - who are implementing a successful food system project.I think outreach and marketing to young people and underserved parts of the population should be increased along with scholarships to makes sure that everyone can attend who wants to. Future venues should also remain on major public transit lines and perhaps there could be coordination with local organizations and groups to coordinate group transit options if necessary. Perhaps this already happened last year - but it should continue.Connecting with new people was important as well as hearing about all the different programs and projects that are already going on.Attended/volunteered at the 2013 Summit
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11/13/2013 12:22:49Sivan Yosefyosef.sivan@gmail.comFor #2, I would suggest adding 'accessible' and 'healthy'Sounds great!I am new to the area, so apologies if this is already done. I would think that the following elements need to be looked at:

-food in schools and hospitals
-linking very strongly to Detroit food system
-looking at policy in terms of incentives given to big supermarkets, and how smaller players can get those incentives.
Again, sorry if this is already done:

-change up format of sessions (not just straight out speakers, mix of debates, crowdsourcing, brainstorming etc.)
-live tweeting
-gather videos and "crazy ideas" beforehand, post them online
-small grant ($300) student initiative competition
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11/13/2013 13:43:28Stefanieststauffer@hotmail.comThese are both incredibly vague-- For instance, what do we mean by 'fairness' & 'innovation'? If that's not spelled out it may be problematic. For example, many consider GMOs as agricultural innovation... & participation/engagement in what? local food production? consumption? how does the summit encourage those things & who are the stakeholders?
Also, I think that networking & community building are the most important aspect of the summit & that gets lost here.
To improve, we need to clearly specify summit goals & identify the summit audience.
See above. #1 & #2: see above. What is the difference between #3 & #4? #5 is very important. I think we should add something about empowering growers & producers with access to resources that would help them grow their businesses as well as strengthen the food system. Advocating for local municipalities to alter zoning regulations to be more supportive of urban agriculture, small-scale processing, & food hubs. Helping farmers & producers navigate regulatory changes resulting from the Food Safety Modernization Act. Support the work of local organizations already striving to improve the local food system. 2009, 2011, 2012, 20132011, 2013I think it works well at WCC & the earlier in the year it is, the more likely growers will be able to participate. If it happened on a weekend instead of during the work day more people would be able to attend.We should not combine applicants into panels-- this derailed some sessions. Have only 1 keynote (not keynote + panel) & bring back local food victories presentation. More interactive sessions & more diverse voicesOften times, the keynote will decide whether or not people attend events such as the Summit so yes we should have one. Malik was amazing, but I think this year we should have someone who does work in Washtenaw County & is compelling. My rec: Eileen Spring of Food Gatherers We should have less of a 'conference' style format & perhaps expand the 'pre-summit' activities to include volunteer opportunities at local farms. Diversity of topics, great keynotes, & the best foodPanel Presenter 2011, 2012, 2013. Planning Committee 2012 + 2013 (Content & Food). Attendee 2009.
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11/13/2013 13:47:02Courtney Stinsoncstinsonrd@gmail.comIF we want to engage the mainstream population and bring new perspective to people who currently are not taking part in our local food culture I think these two statements are ineffective.
IF we want to increase the knowledge of and educate people who are currently involved in our local food culture I think they could definitely be helpful statements that will grab interest.
Why fair and innovative? to me these terms don't describe what it might take to get new people buying less packaged junk, eating more local foods, supporting CSAs and Farmer's Markets and even just eating more fruits and veggies in general which in and of itself is better for the environment than eating a diet of mainly packaged food. This is my perspective as a dietitian who works with people from very varied backgrounds. I know my perspective varies from others who have different experiences regarding food.
Increased participation
Increased fruit and veg consumption
Increased options for farmers and businesses for buying and selling food locally
Increased affordable access to local, fresh foods
(Also, we can increase access and make fresh foods affordable but someone needs to create the demand too. Many people choose not to purchase much produce, I'd like to change that).
My personal goal is to get more people eating better... plain and simple. To me that means less junk and more real, local, fresh foods full of nutrition. I like the idea of getting more "mainstream participation" and I like the idea of getting more active participation from people. I would love to see more stores and restaurants supporting local farmers and producers. I'd like to see less junk in our food everywhere!
Creativity always helps progress. I think.
I'd like to help find speakers or participants who can share knowledge and experience about the importance of local food to health professionals and healthcare organizations. If we can get health professionals to also teach about the importance we'll be able to influence more people, all year long and in different settings.

I'd like to help with social media marketing.
2013I think reaching out to a broader audience and having a larger variety of "levels" of different topics would help. If we have classes that help further learning we can target people who are our typical "Farmer's Market Frequenters" and if we have classes such as "Why Eat Local 101" in a variety of formats we can bring in more "mainstreamers" who may shop at Walmart or Kroger or whatever regularly. What if we can get all the "walmart-ers" to spend even just $10 each week on food grown locally instead from walmart? I bet that number would be quite profound.Less time spent in the auditorium and more in classroom settings? I like having a keynote speaker at the beginning. I think the classes are great because people can really get more personal with questions etc. A closing speaker would be nice to have too. Something really empowering at the end to send people out wanting to do something and make a difference in the world! They should leave feeling like they are ready to get to work and enhance our local food system instead of wondering what they can do next.I can only speak on what I know most about... nutrition.

I'd like a class geared towards health professionals, dietitians, and students going into health related careers giving them the local food 101 version of why local food is important to health and how they can make a difference with patients they work with in their careers.

I'd also like a class geared towards local business (restaurants and grocery stores) owners or managers for how to incorporate more fresh, clean, local foods without increasing cost.

I could work on getting these people to the summit and help market to these groups.

Opening keynote should be someone who is inspiring and holds local food near and dear to their hearts. Speakers in the past have been phenomenal. Dan Carmody was my favorite.

A closing keynote could be someone who knows how to "get stuff done". Maybe someone even who might not be part of the local food system but knows how to inspire people to make change and to make things happen.
I personally want to move into getting more "mainstream" participation. However we can do that... let's do it!Dan Carmody was AMAZING! I made some great connections that year too!Content committee, some social media marketing, 2013 event co-emcee
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11/13/2013 15:39:53Julia Pettyjulia@foodgatherers.orgI think Number Two is more on par than Number One. I read Number One and thought, "Increased Participation in the food system? EVERYONE already participates in the food system because everyone eats." What type of participation are we calling for? I suppose this applies to "engagement" in Number Two as well. In this moment, I don't have specific wording that should be included; however, I think that in formulating our mission statement, we should ask ourselves what do we want the 2014 Local Food Summit to accomplish? Whether we like it or not, these summits mainly bring together similar crowds of people each year. How can we take advantage of having all these stakeholders in one room to accomplish something that's not already happening in our individual, daily actions and choices?I love the emphasis on creativity. "More active participation" seems super vague to me. If I had to pick my top two, I would choose "more mainstream participation" and "policy that strengthens a regional food system." Again, though, I think we need to be careful about jargon - we need to define what we mean by "mainstream." We need to break down the barriers of entry for low-income populations; we need to shape local, state and federal policy to stop favoring the big guys (i.e. factory farms, monopolies, etc.) and start giving the little guys some wins; we need to expose marketing ploys for food products that claim to be all natural, free range, etc. that are not ACTUALLY what they claim to be....oh geez, and so much more. 2012, 2013A weekend day would likely increase participation; we could likely get more UM students and faculty if we didn't hold the summit during spring break; it would be really great to find a new venue as an opportunity to showcase a new "food space." I think it would be great to pose this question to the folks who plan to attend (i.e. post on Facebook and other social media outlets; send out a one or two question survey to the last 2-3 summits' attendees). Yes, but only if it's a really great person that will help draw crowds. (Sorry, I know that's not a super satisfying answer!)I was an attendee of the 2012 Summit and I was on the core planning team for the 2013 Summit. I was a co-chair of the Marketing and PR Committee.
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11/13/2013 15:49:42Joanna Rosene-MirvisJoannaRoseM@gmail.comI like these ideas. I prefer framing the mission as "increased engagement" rather than than "increased participation," but I think both mission statements are great and sum things up well. I think "economic opportunity" could potentially be added to the mission. (i.e. "To increase fairness, innovation, and economic opportunity in the food system through increased engagement.")My ideas are captured above.I agree with these 5 priorities. They encompass what I see as the main important topics. They don't explicitly mention environmental stewardship, but I can see how that idea could be included in "increasing fairness," "innovation," and "policy that strengthens a regional food system." I think these main themes are great.Things I think are needed now:

Sustainable and effective ways to connect sustainably grown local food with at-risk communities and institutions.

Policies that enable small-scale, sustainable farms and food businesses to thrive and promotes their development.

Educational programs that prepare future farmers and food system entrepreneurs.

Increased healthy food access in at-risk communities through the development of grocery stores, new types of food retailers, community gardens, and urban agriculture initiatives.

Ways for farmers and food entrepreneurs to gain access to capital.

Community/public participation in shaping the food system.

Livable/thrivable wages for food system employees (including migrant farm workers and food service staff).

Increased food literacy among the general public.



20132013I can't remember much about logistics.I think the "Revisiting Pitches & Innovations for a Fair Food System" presentations would have been received better at a different time in the program. I remember the panel discussion ran long, and I think people felt hungry and rushed during the innovations presentations. It might be better to move those "pitches and innovations" presentations to before the panel discussion, right after the mid-morning break.The new FSMA rules could have real and detrimental implications on small farms and sustainable farming practices. By February, the proposed rules will probably be different than they currently are, but I think FSMA deserves some mention at the Local Food Summit. Either by someone in the panel discussion, maybe at a booth set up in the lobby during breakfast, lunch, and breaks, or in a break-out session.

I think preparing our future farmers and food entrepreneurs should be mentioned. This could include young farmer training programs, farm incubators, ways to make land more accessible to new farmers, commercial kitchen incubators, and entrepreneur development programs (like the recent Building Blocks series).

Of course, I think it is important to focus on getting local food into institutions and at-risk communities either in the keynote or the panel discussion, and definitely in the breakout sessions.

One more: Increasing farmers' and food entrepreneurs' access to capital. This topic could focus on alternative funding streams, such as crowd-funding, local investing, and using cooperatives as community investment vehicles.
Yes, I think the LFS should have a keynote speaker. I'd like to see someone who has experience as either a local and sustainable food advocate, maybe from an urban planning or community organizing background, or someone who works with a successful food hub focused on getting food to institutions and at-risk communities. I think the keynote speaker should be able to speak to the summit's mission of increasing food system fairness and innovation through increased participation.

Two ideas for keynote speakers I have are:
Tatiana Garcia-Granados or Haile Johnson from Common Market in Philadephia
Jess Daniel from FoodLab in Detroit

To throw out two other big ideas, I think it would be great to have Mark Bittman or Anna Lappe (Frances Moore Lappe's daughter) speak.
I think the other questions captured them.The lunch seating arrangement by topic of interest was very valuable. I remember having great conversations with others at my table, and I am still in close touch with two people I met there. That was a great way to coordinate networking and spark discussion.

I remember being moved and inspired by Saru Jayaraman's talk. I appreciated hearing about an important, and often overlooked, national food systems issue from the main spokesperson.

I appreciated the diversity of the speakers and the summit's focus on inclusiveness and diversity within the food movement. (Malik and Saru both spoke explicitly about diversity.) This is an important topic that deserves mention.

Malik and Saru's talks were some of the main highlights for me. They were engaging, inspiring, informative, and energizing.

I found the breakout sessions to be very helpful last year. The facilitators and participants were knowledgeable and engaged. There was a lot of good discussion. There seemed to be a broad enough range of session topics that most people could find something of interest.
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11/13/2013 17:32:18Oren BrandvainOooren@umich.eduI think these are both good in that they address fairness and innovation. I think the second clause of each "in creased participation/involvement" does not communicate effectivley. Are those referring to increased involvement in the food system, or the food summit. I would like to also be a bit more specific about what type of engagement/participation we are hoping for. In entrepreneurs , consumers, investors? All? More? Ann arbor residents, world citizens, minority and historically underrepresented groups?Increasing accessibility of local food to all citizens of our region.Great stuff.Local organizing and consciousness raising.Not yet.None
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11/13/2013 17:31:47Lilly Fink Shapirofinkshap@umich.eduGreatI wonder if perhaps the idea of increasing the "fairness" of our food system is too broad? What comes to mind for most people when they hear this phrase?
Love the ideas of more mainstream + active participation, and I fully support a theme surrounding food policy.
There is an outpouring of interest in our food system from young people, although one barrier is that it can be hard to figure out what to do with that energy. It's not always obvious how to become involved with work surrounding strengthening local food systems. The Stanford Food Summit included a true "slow food" type of lunch, which seemed very fitting for the event, and helped to bring diverse groups of people together. I'm not sure what has been done in the past with regards to food, but it definitely seems like a communal eating aspect should be central! I like the idea of including opportunities for smaller group discussion and for people to meet each other and share ideas..(see above)Yes! Los of potential speaker ideas. Michael Moss? Nikki Henderson? Raj Patel? Anne Lappe? Just to name a few ideas.

We should remember to not only bring someone who is doing incredible work, but also make sure that person is an exciting, engaging speaker.
I have participated in food summits and various food-related conferences in the SF Bay Area. One aspect of the "stanford food summit" that I went to last Fall was the built in time to meet other participants and hear about each other's involvement with food systems. I think this could be a potentially powerful way to bring people together from diverse backgrounds to promote collaboration. None, as this is my first year in Ann Arbor
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11/14/2013 17:06:22Casey VanNestcasey@growinghope.netI like the second statement more.
One too many 'increase' in the first.
Maybe it should say something like Building a fair and innovative food system through increased dialogue.
People are already engaging and participating in a food system. Now that could be actively or passively which is different, but it is participation nonetheless.
I think I probably have used the word mainstream, but I really hate it. Using it implies that folks who do not attend the summit are somehow not involved in the food system. 2013Marketing co chair
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11/17/2013 15:26:55Madeline Smithmlsmith44@gmail.comBoth are good - I like the overarching goals of "fair" and "innovative." I tend to like participation better than engagement as I think it makes more sense to the general public. These are all important priorities. Increased, mainstream participation seems like a great starting point to achieving all of them. Consistent leadership in our region, which I think we have; 3-5 year strategic plan for what we want our food system to look like in the short and long terms.20132013As someone who works during the day a weekend would be nice. Or maybe a keynote on Friday afternoon and then breakouts on Saturday throughout the day. Moving the keynote address to the afternoon would be interesting. I tend to have an easier time participating in breakout sessions in the morning, and it may incentivize people to stay for the afternoon. I have only attended the 2013 summit, but I found the keynote addresses engaging despite being familiar with most of the speakers. I also really liked the different break out section tracks, and the freedom to move in and out of different tracks. Attendee
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11/18/2013 19:17:59Sarah Reinhardtsarahlreinhardt@gmail.comIt depends on whom you are engaging with -- you might be able to increase innovation by increasing participation, but my concern is that fairness will not be addressed unless serious efforts are made to increase participation from underrepresented groups.I wonder if the words open or accessible might have a place in the mission statement?20132013It will take a little research, but I think some outside the box formatting might help make it more interactive.This was the only summit I attended :) but it seemed like there was a lot of positive feedback about the scope of the content and the amount of new information.Content subcommittee
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11/19/2013 17:53:36Jennifer Bleshjblesh@umich.eduGREAT! Perhaps missing 'environment' unless that's captured in 'innovative'. What does participation look like? Something more specific about environment, or sustainability perhaps. What does innovation mean? Does it mean moving towards environmental sustainability and social equality? Now that I see these themes it might be useful to explicitly parse out the dominant food system (which does have lots of mainstream participation, at least via eating) and various regional/alternative/local food systems, which implicitly are the focus of these themes.I'm not answering this for myself personally, but in terms of what is needed now: Dramatic changes to the US Farm Bill, increased know-how/knowledge systems around agroecological production, local foods policies (e.g., supporting processing infrastructure, stable markets, other machinery and facilities, incentives for diversified production), better access to local foods for all citizens (improved distribution and affordability)Nope- here to learn!How about Open Space or World Cafe? More open formats with less pre-determined content. Or a combination of content determined by the organizing committee and some that emerges from who actually shows up (i.e., accounting for the needs/interests of those who attend). Perhaps you already did this, though. Student/campus farms, university research agendas that are place-based and participatory, perennial grains (e.g., The Land Institute) and permaculture, food hubs, influencing US (national) farm policy... Pluses: Can draw more people, help spark inspiration, motivate action
Minuses: Re-enforces existing hierarchies, separation of lay and expert knowledge, 'passive' knowledge exchange through monologue.
Maybe thinking more about the forms that participation can take, how it is envisioned in the mission statement, how it relates to class, race, gender, etc.Have not attended one before. Just moved here!none
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11/21/2013 16:33:18Lucas DiGialucas@rapforfood.orgThey seem to be the same statement, said different ways. I like how they address BOTH the chicken and the egg in the scenario, aka the "supply" of a fair and innovative system and the "demand" for it. Do we know what comes first? It may be that both come at the same time, in small victories and changes that build up over time. I think this vision is a great place to start, because I hope we can find another new way to approach the issue, perhaps one that does this statement justice by seeing it as an integrated approach-- looking at both the supply and the demand rather than one or the other individually. I am a firm believer that the highest priority is reaching the average eater, the non-foodie that is wholey entrenched in conventional agriculture. This isn't possible without bringing the people deeply entrenched in the food system to the table as well. So from a community organizing and outreach perspective, it makes sense for me to fill a room with people from our community that are roughly 50% "foodie/food producer/farmer/etc" and then 50% "non-believers". That is quite a generalization but I think you get what I mean. 1. fairness-- yes, yes, yes. This is always important and keeps our concern with diversity and social justice in mind.

2. Innovation-- Important because new ways of doing old things, old ways of doing new things, and everything in between help inspire the community. So not only are we focusing on finding new ways to meet our needs, but when people are creating new businesses it can help inspire others.

3&4. More mainstream participation/more active participation --Maybe we can apply this theme to the summit itself-- how do we excite the average consumer while still catering to people that have occupations related to the food system?

5. Policy that strengthens a regional food system-- This brings questions-- are we talking about how voters can get involved, or are we trying to educate policy makers? How do we do both? Is it possible to invite a speaker from another region that we want to model?
I still think there is a lot of space for advocacy and outreach in this area. As progressive as Ann Arbor is, we have to recognize that the majority of the population and the culture of our community is driven towards cheap, conventional food. Finding ways to counter that culture and promote a different value system surrounding food purchasing decisions has been and still is the most important goal in my book. I would like to take action by hosting more concerts and events that promote local food producers, and creating an educational program for schools to engage students and get them excited about eating healthy, quality food and where it comes from. 2012, 20132012If we can decide what groups we really want to participate, then we can maybe base the decision on that. I don't have any good ideas how to solve this problem, but maybe it's worth while to look at the sectors we want, and what scheduling issues happen for each one and then try to pick a day-time that minimizes conflict, if possible.I'm always thinking about how we can up the ante for the "creative musical opening" and one Idea I have is to do some more live music this year. I would be glad to perform, or maybe do a collaboration of some kind with Chris Good. We did a rap with a backing track, then a video... now to up the ante we need more live rap with live instruments and audience participation!!

if you want to get really crazy there could be some speaking parts and blocking in the style of vaudville... haha. maybe we save that for 2015!!
I think what is happening on the national stage in regards to policy, the food safety modernization act, etc needs to be addressed in terms of local impact.

Also, has there ever been a sort of "activism" track? Lets say I wanted to organize a group that supported the local food system?? What would I do?? Do I start a supper club that strives to source locally?? Do I start a newsletter that helps my neighbors get politically active?? I just wonder if we've ever had a speaker that related to neighborhood or grassroots organizing, and maybe find a way to put a food justice slant on it?
If more mainstream participation or active participation is a key theme for the event... can we find someone with experience in this specific area? Is there a region or community that is finding a way to accomplish this?? I have no idea otherwise.My main suggestion (and this may already have been done in the fist few meetings), is to look at the make-up of the stakeholders of the food summit and decide if we are happy with it-- or if we want to include more groups or different individuals. We started that last year on the diversity track,, and I would like to review that effort and make sure we can keep up what works, trash what doesn't, and stay mindful of this task!The LUNCH was amazing in 2012, and doing a truly local lunch at a conference isn't just about feeding the people well but it's about PROVING that what we believe is possible. It IS possible to have a healthy, local, lunch for hundreds of people. No-matter what is said or put on paper, if we don't actually practice what we preach we're lacking authenticity. logistics committee and PR/publicity committee
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