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Balancing Profitability & Access in Local Food Systems

October 18, 2018

The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W Chinden Blvd, Boise, Idaho 83714

In a state that comprises big ag, small ag and highly motivated food system stakeholders, how can we bring more locally produced foods into mainstream markets and strengthen the economics of small- to mid-sized farms? This one-day conference will explore, through an economic lens, ways to cultivate a local food economy to create jobs, invigorate small farms and businesses, and keep precious dollars in our Idaho communities.

Come hear experts from around the state discuss challenges and opportunities for Idaho communities. Keynote speakers including Neva Hassanein, Ph.D., professor of environmental studies at University of Montana and author of Changing the Way America Farms: Knowledge & Community in the Sustainable Agriculture Movement, and Lauren Gwin, associate director of the Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems at Oregon State University, will bring knowledge and expertise from outside of Idaho.

Hosted by University of Idaho Extension, the 2018 Balancing Profitability & Access in Local Food Systems conference is made possible with a Western Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (WSARE) grant. Contact Lauren Golden at lgolden@uidaho.edu to inquire about scholarship opportunities.

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