|We hope to see you there!
Farm to Cafeteria advocates from across the nation will be converging on Detroit May 17-19. If you're not able to join us for the full conference, there are several events open to the public.
Local Foods Reception
Monday, May 17 6:30 – 9:00 pm
The Museum at the Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, MI 48124
As you stroll through The Museum at the Henry Ford, you’ll be inspired by America’s innovative spirit and have the opportunity to taste the best that Michigan has to offer. Learn how the staff incorporates local food throughout the institution while meeting the people who have helped the Farm to Cafeteria movement take root.
Cost: $40. Purchase tickets online.
Transportation to the reception is available from the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center; buses will leave at staggered intervals between 5:15 and 6:30pm.
Tuesday, May 18 6:30 and 8:30 pm
Ren Cen 4 Theater
GM RenCen, Tower 200 Level 2, Detroit, MI 48243
The National Farm to School Network and Applegate Farms are proud to present two stellar films about Farm to Cafeteria issues during our double feature movie night. Screenings will begin at 6:30 pm & 8:30 pm, followed by a Q & A with filmmakers. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be provided by Applegate Farms.
Lunch Line reframes the school lunch debate through an examination of the program's surprising past, present, and possible future.
Grown in Detroit: Just imagine... Teen moms becoming urban farmers. Utopia? Not in Detroit. Nature is taking over the city and the new generation is taught to harvest its profit.
Cost: Sliding scale donation requested. No reservation required.
Farm to School Networking Reception
Sunday, May 16 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Gleaners Community Food Bank
2131 Beaufait Street, Detroit, MI 48207
Join other Farm to School enthusiasts in the Great Lakes region for a celebration of our region’s diversity of local fare. Along with our Great Lakes friends, we will also have the opportunity to mingle with the National and Regional Farm to School Network staff members from across the country. Cost: $25. Purchase tickets online.
Field Trips and Short Courses
Monday, May 17 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, Detroit, MI 48243
Take your pick from a variety of tours to learn about various Farm to Cafeteria efforts in Michigan, or take a short course to build your skills and improve your own work.
Cost: $65. Learn more and register today.
About the Conference
Farm to Cafeteria programs are TAKING ROOT in schools, hospitals, colleges, day care centers, and other institutions. Join us to learn about successful models across the country and how you can start and scale up a program in your community. Go to the conference website for the full schedule.