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2017 Statewide Food Council Gathering Concurrent Sessions


Nov 30 – Dec 1, 2017 || Bermuda Run, NC

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Breakout sessions offered during the event were aimed to help build capacity of local food councils and local food advocates.

Workshop sessions and speakers:


Thursday, November 30, 2017

2:00 – 3:15 PM

Concurrent Sessions

Prioritizing Strategies and Resources with Results-based Accountability

  • Emma Olson, North Carolina Center for Health and Wellness
  • Rebecca Reeve, Results Work Consulting
  • Dave Walker, Watauga Food Council & Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture

Framing the Structure of Your Food Council

  • Karen Bassarab, Center for a Livable Future
  • Plus several NC Food Council representatives

Speaking Your Truth: Telling Your Organization’s Story with Integrity and Joy*

  • Joy Salyers, Folklorist, Social Activist

*This session is from 2:00 – 4:45pm.

3:30 – 4:45 PM

Concurrent Sessions

Meaningful Measures of Impact: Exploring options and techniques for measuring success of your food council

Speaking Your Truth: Telling Your Organization’s Story with Integrity and Joy*

  • Joy Salyers, Folklorist, Social Activist

*This session is from 2:00 – 4:45pm.


Friday, December 1, 2017

9:00 – 10:15 AM

Concurrent Sessions

Lessons in Advocacy: How Food Councils Are Impacting Policy Change

  • Karen Bassarab, Center for a Livable Future
  • Jared Cates, Community Food Strategies, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

Is a Food Hub Right For Your Community? Best Practices from Food Hubs Around North Carolina

  • Thomas Moore, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Cabarrus Farm and Food Council)
  • Shannon Carroll, High Country Food Hub
  • Neal Curran, Bull City Cool
  • Sarah Daniels, Feast Down East
  • Maxine White, Coalition for Healthier Eating

Communications Essentials to Energize and Engage Volunteers and Your Community

  • Kivi Leroux Miller, Nonprofit Marketing Guide
Leadership Cultivation: Tools & Strategies for Engaging Teams and Communities
  • Dr. Vanessa Stuart,  Ex.C.E.L.L. Community Development Corp.

10:30 – 11:45 AM

Concurrent Sessions

Local & Regional Governments: Best Practices for Citizen Advocates

  • Emily Edmonds, NC Growing Together, Center for Environmental Farming Systems

Working with Higher Education Institutions

  • Michelle Eley, NC A&T State University
  • Robyn Stout, NC 10% Campaign & U Foods, Center for Environmental Farming Systems
  • Josie Walker, NC Council of Churches
  • Clifton Dial, St. Andrews University & ScotLand Grows
  • Noran Sanford, Growing Change & ScotLand Grows

Different Pathways to State and Federal Policy Change

  • Edgar Miller, Conservation Trust for NC & North Carolina Local Food Council
  • Rochelle Sparko, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
  • John Coggin, The Rural Center
  • Grady McCallie, NC Conservation Network
  • Sarah Jacobson, American Heart Association
  • Preston Peck, Toxic Free NC
  • Katherine Metzo, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Food Policy Council

Getting real about local food – a regional approach

  • Mike Ortosky, Orange County Economic Development
  • Gini Bell, Farmer FoodShare
  • James Watts, Weaver St. Market
  • Napoleon Wallace, NC Department of Commerce
  • Brett Evans, Red Hawk Farms

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