Crown Plaza Hotel Rooms
Group Block Code:  LFS
Group Reservations Link:  Local Food Summit Booking Link

Conference Agenda

Local_Food_Summit on-line registration and payment

Workshops and


Day 1

Day 2

Day 3
School Garden Workshop School Garden Workshop flyer
Sustainable Living-Workshops

Youth Gathering


Sponsors Benefits
Sponsors Registration


2011 Bluegrass Local Foods Summit

2011 Bluegrass Local Food Summit Presentations and handout materials

2008 Local Food Summit


USDA Regional Food Planning Links

The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative at USDA is a cross-agency effort focusing on local and regional food systems.

Tools and Resources

In addition to programs that support local and regional food systems, USDA also offers a wide range of tools that can help farmers, ranchers, other businesses, communities, and individuals looking to build or take advantage of local and regional food systems.

The list below is a sample of some of our favorites. If you have one that we missed, let us know.

Ask the USDA Expert Online - find answers to your questions

USDA Service Center Locator - find your local office for Farm Service, Natural Resources Conservation, and Rural Development agencies

Statistics and Mapping Tools:

Alternative Farming Systems Information Center   - The National Agricultural Library's local food experts

AMS Publications and Presentations - Information on farmers markets and local food marketing

Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA) - Information for farmers and other rural users on a variety of sustainable agricultural practices

ERS Local Foods Corner - Reports and other tools from the Economic Research Service, including:

Farm to School - Want to source locally in your child's cafeteria? Information for schools, farmers, and communities

Food Hubs - A catalogue of USDA's findings, resources, and support for food hubs

National Agroforestry Center - Combining agriculture and forestry

Nutrition information:

SARE Learning Center - Practical publications for farmers and ag professionals

Small Plant Help Desk - For small and very small meat processing plants

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at Farmers Markets: A How-To Handbook - A guide for accepting SNAP benefits at farmers markets

Our Partners

Our goal with the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food web site is to help you better understand how USDA can support farmers, ranchers, and communities. But, don't stop your search here! Our partners offer many more resources that can support local and regional food systems and improve access to healthy, affordable food.

Let's Move

Let's Move is a comprehensive initiative, launched by First Lady Michelle Obama, dedicated to solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams.

The People's Garden Initiative

The People's Garden Initiative is an effort by USDA which challenges its employees to establish People's Gardens at USDA facilities worldwide or help communities create gardens. People's Gardens vary in size and type, but all have a common purpose - to help the community they're within and the environment.

Agriculture in the Classroom

Agriculture in the Classroom supports state programs by providing a network that seeks to improve agricultural literacy - awareness, knowledge, and appreciation - among Pre K-12 teachers and their students. The program is carried out in each state, according to state needs and interests, by individuals representing farm organizations, agribusiness, education and government.


ATTRA is managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and is funded under a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Business-Cooperative Service. It provides information and other technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, Extension agents, educators, and others involved in sustainable agriculture in the United States.


eXtension is an interactive learning environment delivering the best, most researched knowledge from the smartest land-grant university minds across America. eXtension connects knowledge consumers with knowledge providers - experts who know their subject matter inside out.


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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Community Garden Tour Report

Gardening with Class

Bluegrass Food Security Summit 2010

Farm to School

School gardens

Food and Sacred Earth Connections

Religion and Environment

Profile of Food Policy Councils by State

interactive map of food policy councils