If you are a Florida resident, or are currently visiting the South Florida area, you must attend the 2nd Annual Greater Everglades Community Food Summit. The week long event (September 29th – October 5th) starts with The Path to the Summit, continues onto The Gathering, and translates into your everyday life. It was designed by Earth Learning in 2010 in order to educate the community, encourage networking, unite community members, and to provide individuals with the strength and control of their local food shed.
There are going to be guest speakers such as Woody Tasch, who is the creator of Slow Money; Michael Brownlee, who brought “Transition Towns” to the US with Transition Colorado; and Eric Toensmeier, author of “Edible Perennials” and co-author of “Edible Forest Gardens“.
There will be workshops on sustainable agriculture for all, carbon farming, leading the transition to a local food economy, enabling local food, slow money, local farm tours, and many more activities. There is an activity for just about everyone, and I highly recommend that you get involved some way!
Here is an article from Earth Learning in regards to the Community Food Summit:
Be an active participant!
Join us to envision and design a local food system in southern Florida that is vibrant, healthy, just, sustainable and resilient!
This Summit will include a who’s-who of local food professionals and enthusiasts from southern Florida, providing an unprecedented networking and partnership-building opportunity for all seeking to advance the passion for South Florida’s year round bounty of local foods.
Who should participate?
farmers & urban growers | community groups & activists | chefs & restaurateurs | institutional buyers & food service providers | local governments | entrepreneurs | educators & researchers | CSAs, farmers markets, and coops | grocers & retailers | value-added processors | anyone who really cares about healthy local foods
- Interact with presentors on the leading-edge of the local food movement
- Share the State of the Foodshed report, highlighting our progress to date and highlighting local success stories
- Develop a shared vision and an Action Plan to move forward this vision
- Identify opportunities to enhance the production, processing, storage, distribution, marketing, and consumption of foods sustainably grown in the Greater Everglades bioregion
- Network and build relationships!