April 26–27, 7am–3pmWhere
Duke Energy Convention Center 525 Elm St., Cincinnati,
Ohio State University Extension will serve as the local host for the conference designed for school districts looking to start or expand a Farm to School program, consumers who want to learn more about local food opportunities, as well as farmers and producers looking for ways to sell fresh, local foods to schools and other institutional cafeterias.
Farm to School is a national initiative, which in Ohio is led by OSU Extension in partnership with numerous agencies, organizations and industry groups. The conference is organized by the National Farm to School Network and is being hosted by Ohio Farm to School.
The conference will include speakers, workshops, poster presentations, field trips and several short courses. The event will also include a pre-conference forum April 25 to highlight Ohio’s Farm to School program and will focus on emerging issues, unique opportunities, challenges and barriers, and policy development.
The forum will be facilitated by Ohio Farm to School and the Initiative for Food and Agricultural Transformation at Ohio State. It will feature an “Ohio Days: My Plate, My State” dinner as an example of a locally sourced Ohio Farm to School meal that would qualify as part of the school lunch program.
Registration for the conference is $250 due by March 9, with additional costs for field trips and short courses. After March 9, the registration fee goes up to $300, plus any additional costs for field trips and short courses.
To register or for information on scholarships to attend the conference, as well as other discounted admissions, go to go.osu.edu/farm2school-
More information about Ohio Farm to School can be found at farmtoschool.osu.edu.