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          March 22-24 2012 Lexington KY             Crestwood Christian Church, | Map1882 Bellefonte Dr. Lexington KY

Thursday March 22, 2012

Focus: Role of Local Government 

SAVE THE DATES! March 22-24, 2012          Local Food Summit in Lexington

The food system has enormous potential as a driver of economic recovery, but the shift must be intentional. Local government officials can play an essential role in cultivating a vibrant food system to drive local economic recovery. Local elected officials must be champions on this issue, which transcends government department and community silos and affects every constituent’s quality of life.  More and more city leaders are recognizing that food creates jobs, and that food security is energy security and economic security.(National Association of Counties, League of Cities)

We invite you to join us in Lexington for the Bluegrass Local Food Summit held March 22-24, 2012 as we work to build a more sustainable, equitable and healthy local food system that builds local capacity and connection. For the past four (4) years this Summit has been a one (1) day event, but in 2012 we will expand to three days because of the comments and needs expressed at our 2011 Bluegrass Local Food Summit. This three (3) day Summit is now designed so that local government leadership in relationship with farmers, businesses, faith members, educators, chefs, youth and other citizens can attend the Summit as a team and leave with a shared vision for a local food system that serves to restore our economic vitality while also improving the health of people and the environment. Summit participants will return home with a comprehensive understanding of and increased capacity for regenerating a vibrant local food system that will accelerate the good work already going on in our communities throughout the state.

We define local as food grown within 100 miles of a community with local processing, packaging, educating and marketing for local consumption. As you know local governments can take significant actions to help facilitate local food systems. Local elected officials can support small business infrastructure and catalyze connections between farmers and consumers to keep food dollars circulating within the local economy. While some actions are clearly outside of their realm and must be tackled at the state or federal level, or by NGOS or other agencies, clearly there are some relevant and important actions local governments can take. During this Summit we will provide speakers, tool-kits, tours, panel discussions and much more that better equip local government and citizens with the capacity to tackle local food systems in a comprehensive way.

Topics for local government participants will include: public education about local food issues; recruiting and retaining more local food producers; deferred property taxes on farmland used to support the local food system; providing for a wide range of commercial and niche farming opportunities; encouraging regional food processing/storage/distribution facilities; creating farmers markets; fostering more equitable access to healthy foods; local food policy councils ; farm to school/institutions programs; linking transitioning farmers to those who want to farm ; support for community gardening; increasing land trusts and conservation easements; use of state and city owned land for food production; farms and greenway planning; and create agriculture economic development coordinators. We trust that these topics will help lay the foundation for the development of a local food system action plan that will guide the efforts at a local and regional level.

The Schedule for Day 1

March 22, 2012

 Crestwood Christian Church, 1882 Bellefonte Dr. Lexington KY

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Thursday March 22 Local Government Day

 8:30am Welcome, Overview and Introductions of participants

Jim Embry, Sustainable Communities Network

Sylvia Lovely, Sunnyside Up Radio/Azurs

Rev Kory Wilcoxson, Crestwood Christian Church

Mayor Jim Gray, Lexington 

9:00-9:50am  Local Government Leadership to Rebuild our Local Food Economy  


Mayor Steven Connelly, Berea  

Theresa Zwacki (Mayor Gregory Fischer), Louisville 

Louisville KY State of Food

Building Louisville’s Local Food Economy

9:50am-10:30am  Local Governments, Food Systems Planning and Sustainability


Tammy Zborel, Senior Associate for Sustainability, National League of Cities

Lenny Stolz,  Bluegrass Area Development District & Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts,

10:30am-10:45am Break

10:45-11:00am Role of Food Policy Councils to Create Local Synergy

Speaker: Mark Winne, Mark Winne and Associates

Introduced by:  Anne Hopkins, Garrett Spear,  Good Foods Market and Cafe

11:00-11:30  Farmer’s Roundtable on Ways Local Government Can Support Farmers

Facilitator:  John Mark Hack, Marksbury Farm Market 


Mac Stone, Elmwood Stock farm

Todd Clark, Clark Farms

Sandy Corlett, Earth's Promise Farm,  Kentucky Farmer's Market Association

Tricia Houston, Napoleon Ridge Farms, Community Farm Alliance

11:30-12 noon  

Joe Blue, Hopkins County Jailer, County Jail garden and culinary program

 12 noon-1:15 pm Lunch

 Where did my food come from? With Chef Jeremy Ashby

Recognitions of Women in Agriculture:  Tammy Horn( EKU Environmental Research Institute, Beekeeper),  Cheri Bryant Hamilton( Louisville Councilwoman, District 5)

Women in Agriculture 

Lunch catered by Saute' Cafe(Cathy Vance)

Food sources: Elmwood Stock Farm, Berries on Bryanstation, Kenny's Cheese, Good Foods Market and Cafe, Third Street Stuff, Vibrant Greens

1:15-2:00 pm  Local Government Partnership with Community Groups

Panel Members:  
Tammy Horn,
EKU Environmental Research Institute, Beekeeper

Herb Petitjean, Brownfield Coordinator, Division of Compliance Assistance

Elizabeth Crowe,  Kentucky Environmental Foundation

Marydale Debor, ( NYT) (CTMag) , CONNMAG, co-founder PlowtoPlate.org,, advisor to Exec.Director, New Milford(CT) Hospital,

2:00pm-3:45pm Afternoon Working Groups

  • ·         Working Group #1 Moving Towards Greater Environmental Stewardship in Food Waste Composting, Reclaimed Mining Areas, Contaminated soil
  • How do we weave even greater environmental stewardship within local government, institutions and community efforts to create an integrated approach. Environmental stewardship includes: protection of water and soil, prevention of erosion and water pollution, Flood management, Wildlife conservation, Protect archaeological sites and historic features, Provide public access to the countryside, Conserve rare traditional livestock breeds and varieties, mine reclamation.This will serve as a working  session for sharing best practices and discussion of ways to integrate the efforts with each community

Moderator:  Anne Hopkins, Good Foods Market and Cafe

Resource people:

Tammy Horn, EKU Environmental Research Institute, Beekeeper, 

Herb Petitjean, Brownfield Coordinator, Division of Compliance Assistance

Elizabeth Crowe,  Kentucky Environmental Foundation

Best Management Practices for Incorporating Food Residuals into Existing Yard Waste Composting Operations

  • ·         
·         Working Group #2 Combining Urban Agriculture, Public Health and Access Disparities for Healthy Communities

Urban farming is generally practiced for income-earning or food-producing activities, though in some communities the main impetus is recreation and relaxation. Urban agriculture contributes to food security and food safety in two ways: first, it increases the amount of food available to people living in cities, and, second, it allows fresh vegetables and fruits and meat products to be made available to urban consumers.
Improving access to healthy local foods is a way to address hunger and poor nutrition in underserved communities throughout our state. Improving the quality, freshness, and diversity of food may also help prevent obesity and other diet-related diseases. In Kentucky and across the US, many initiatives have focused on ways to identify and reduce disparities in food access and public health through food banks, community gardens, and other programs. Individuals living in poverty often live in areas with limited access to retail grocery stores and public transportation. As a result, lower income communities often lack access to healthy foods.

Moderator: James Coles, Community Ventures Corporation,

Resource people

Jacie Rowe, Louisville District 5 City Council

Jodie Koch, Food Works/Bluegrass Community Foundation 

Rick Christman, Employment Solutions   

  • ·         Working Group #3 Food Policy Council and Local Economy

Food Policy Councils are an officially sanctioned group of stakeholders that  provide a comprehensive examination of a state or local food system, develop food and agriculture policy recommendations  and focus on food systems as an economic development strategy that links farm production, conservation and farm viability with public health, food security and community well-being. Food systems incorporate food production, processing, distribution, and consumption. They may also incorporate waste disposal and recovery systems.

Food Policy Council Resources

Facilitators: Speaker: Mark Winne, Mark Winne and Associates  


Food is a sustaining and enduring necessity. Yet among the basic essentials for life — air, water, shelter, and food — only food has been absent over the years as a focus of serious professional planning interest. This is a puzzling omission because, as a discipline, planning marks its distinctiveness by being comprehensive in scope and attentive to the temporal dimensions and spatial interconnections among important facets of community life.

Several reasons explain why planners have paid less attention to food issues when compared with long-standing planning topics such as economic development, transportation, the environment, and housing. Among these reasons are:

  1. a view that the food system — representing the flow of products from production, through processing, distribution, consumption, and the management of wastes, and associated processes — only indirectly touches on the built environment, a principal focus of planning's interest;
  2. a sense that the food system isn't broken, so why fix it; and,
  3. a perception that the food system meets neither of two important conditions under which planners act — i.e., dealing with public goods like air and water; and planning for services and facilities in which the private sector is unwilling to invest, such as public transit, sewers, highways, and parks.

Moderator: Sylvia Lovely, Sunnyside up Radio, 

Resource people:

Tammy Zborel, National League of Cities

Lenny Stolz,  Bluegrass Area Development District 

Sarah Fritschner,  Louisville Farm to Table

Theresa Zwacki ( Louisville Mayor Gregory Fischer),


4:00pm-4:30pm Working Group Reports & Adjourn


See you in Lexington March 22-24!

Register and make payment at:   Local_Food_Summit on-line registration and payment

For more information contact co-facilitators:

Sylvia Lovely,

Jim Embry, Sustainable Communities Network  sustainlex.org/                              embryjim@gmail.com, 859-270-3699

Contact info:

Jim Embry

 Sustainable Communities Network

573 Stratford Dr. Lexington, KY 40503

http://sustainlex.org/, embryjim@gmail.com, 859-270-3699







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