Mississippi Food Sumit
Submitted by Lydia West
Mississippi Food Summit & Agricultural Revival was held at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum November 17-19, 2016 in Jackson, MS. It included three days of events: Mississippi Farm to Cafeteria Conference on November 17th. The Farmer to Farmer Conference on November 18th, and the Mississippi Farmers Market with Local Farm and Garden Tours on November 19th.
The Mississippi Farm to Cafeteria Conference included three tracks of breakout sessions with information for everyone. MS-AND members enjoyed going to sessions regarding “In the Garden and Classroom”, “Procurement”, “On the Farm” as well as the “Common Ground Youth Sessions”. Thursday evening was followed up with a networking reception, the Mississippi Food Policy Council Farm and Food Policy Forum and a screening and discussion of the 2014 film Food Chains.
Friday’s Farmer to Farmer Conference included panel discussions and breakout session tracks regarding “Preserving the Harvest”, “Business and Marketing”, “On the Farm”, “In the Garden”, “Common Ground Youth Sessions”, and “Farm Investments”. That evening was concluded with a Taste of Mississippi Dinner and a National Young Farmers Coalition Mixer and Seed Swap.
The Mississippi Farmers Market took place on Saturday at its regular location, 929 High Street in Jackson, MS. The Saturday farm tours included Cooperative Community of New West Jackson (Jackson), Rosemont Community Orchard (Jackson), We Will Go Ministries Community Garden (Jackson), Brown Elementary (Jackson), Footprint Farms (Jackson), Amorphous Gardens (Canton), Two Dogs Farm (Flora), and The Garden Farmacy (Bolton).
For more information about the Mississippi Food Summit & Agricultural Revival, visit the Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network www.mssagnet.net/programs/ms-food-summit/ or the event facebook page: www.facebook.com/events/169237796791525/
Pictured are (left to right) RNDs Beth Crumpton, Nutrition Coordinator at the Mississippi State Department of Health, Office of WIC; Lydia West, consultant; and Vijaya Chinthakuntla, Breastfeeding Coordinator at the Mississippi State Department of Health, Office of WIC.