Welcome to the 2018 National Good Food Network Conference! Below is the overview of the Conference schedule. Listed times are tentative and subject to change. We will be continually updating this page as additional information becomes available. You can find full program details, including information on Site Visits, Breakouts, Full-Day and Half-Day Trainings, and Presenters on the Sessions tab.
Tuesday, March 27
9am – 5pm: Full-Day Trainings
Partnering With Purpose
Fearless Fundraising – It’s All in the Preparation
Training Boosts Efficiency and Equity: Where Do I Start?
Food Policy Councils and Food Hubs: Bringing the Community Together
Wednesday, March 28
8am – 12pm: Morning Site-Visits
La-Montanita Co-op: a community-owned grocery store and regional food distribution center with several locations throughout New Mexico.
Agri-Cultura Network: a farmer-owned brokerage that sells sustainable grown, local produce to restaurants, institutions, and families in the South Valley area of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Labatt Food Service: a regional food distributor that procures from Native American ranchers in the Four Corner Region and boasts highly innovative and advanced logistics and operations systems, allowing it to grow from 20 employees in 1980 to 1600 today.
Peculiar Farms: not your average farm, Peculiar Farms uses only well water, has a diversity of heirloom & traditional vegetables, offers farming and cooking classes, has mixed market outlets, and supplies to intermediated supply chains.
Cornelio Candelaria Organics/ New Mexico Acequia Association: Join the New Mexico Acequia Association as they teach us about this centuries-old, community-operated irrigation system. Visit Cornelio Organics to see an example of how acequias function on farms and are the lifeline for farmers and ranchers in arid climates.
8am – 12pm: Morning Half-Day Trainings
12pm -12:45pm: Lunch
12:45pm – 2:15pm: Welcome and Opening Keynote by Michael Rozyne
Michael Rozynehas been a marketer of small farm products for three decades. He worked on conventional and organic farms in Maine, and was Purchaser and Marketer for a regional food distributor in New England. He was cofounder of the fair trade coffee company, Equal Exchange. He started Red Tomato, a decentralized food hub in the Northeast, in 1996 and now works as Red Tomato’s Evangelist.
2:30pm – 4pm: Breakout Sessions 1
4:15pm – 5:45pm: Breakout Sessions 2
6pm -8pm: Dinner and Welcome from Don Bustos
Thursday, March 29
7:30am-8:45am: Breakfast and Curbside Consulting
9am-10:15am: New Mexico Plenary
10:20am-11:50am: Breakout Sessions 3
12pm -2pm: Lunch and Keynote by Greg Steltenpohl
Greg Steltenpohl is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Califia Farms, where he has led the company’s rapid growth as an innovative leader of premium, natural beverages. Previously, he founded Odwalla Inc. and co-founded the Interra Project in 2000, Adina for Life in 2004, and Califia Farms in 2010. He has also served on the board of Slow Money Alliance, Social Venture Network, Frontier Natural Products and is a long time member of the Institute of Food Technologists.
2pm -3:30pm: Breakout Sessions 4
3:30pm-5pm: Topical Roundtable Discussions
Friday, March 30
8:30am – 9:45am: Equity in the Food System Conversation
10am – 11:30am: Breakout 5
11:45am-12:45pm: Regional Food Economy Plenary
12:45pm – 1pm: Closing Remarks
1pm – Lunch and Adjourn