Florida Organic Growers, East End Market, Local Roots Distribution, and other organizations statewide have come together to present the third annual Florida Local Food Summit, dinner, and Growers Market. Prior to the Summit, September 6-8, on-farm workshops will be held throughout the state. This year’s theme is “Authenticity in our Food System.”
The Summit will gather our state's top food and farming entrepreneurs, policy makers, chefs, foodies, and local food fans to grow Florida’s local food movement through both introductory and advanced coursework, beautiful farm-to-table meals, and hands-on educational workshops.
This year's keynote speaker will be Will Harris of White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Georgia. White Oak Pastures has been in operation since 1866 and is known for its environmentally-sustainable and high animal welfare farming system. Harris’ inspiring talk will share how he converted his family farm back to the vertically-integrated and diversified pasture-based production model that his great-grandfather utilized. He will discuss how they de-commoditized, de-industrialized, and de-centralized the multi-generational farm to a system that cooperates with nature to produce artisan products with fair, sustainable and humane production practices.
Sessions will include a variety of topics - such as holistic pasture management, fruit tree and berry production, and achieving food justice, food sovereignty, and food security in Florida - as well as best practices for harvesting and packing, organic vegetable production, and how to form a food policy council. In addition, an entire educational track will focus on humane animal husbandry for both livestock producers and integrated farmers.