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May 11th and 12th

McKimmon Center, Raleigh, NC
for directions: the McKimmon Center:

for lodging: The Holiday Inn Brownstone Hotel is offering a $80.00 per night, plus tax rate for Farm to Fork Summit participants on Sunday 5-10 and Monday 5-11. However, since this date is so close to NCSU Graduation they are  only guaranteeing 15 rooms first come first served until April 15.  To reserve a room, please contact Michael Black at (919)828-7849 or Please indicate that you are a Farm to Fork participant.  The hotel can be viewed at:  It is located at 1707 Hillsborough Street – Raleigh, NC 27605.  Toll Free 800-331-7919 Tel: (919) 828-0811 - Fax: (919) 834-0904

Revised agenda for May 11th & 12 SUMMIT:

8:00-9:00AM    Registration and Coffee

9:00-9:40AM    Morning Plenary
–Simon Rich, Center for Environmental Farming Systems, Board Chair
–Donald McDowell, Dean, North Carolina A&T State University
–Nancy Creamer, Director, Center for Environmental Farming Systems
–Steve Troxler, North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture

9:40-10:50AM Working Issues Team Reports  (WITS)
•    Foundations and Baselines (Charlie Jackson, ASAP)
•    Community Gardens (Lucy Bradley, NCSU Hort)
•    Farm to School (Emily Jackson, ASAP)
•    New and Transitioning Farmer Support (Noah Ranells, Orange County Economic Development)
•    Institutional, Retail and Food Service Markets (Maurice Totty, Compass Group)

10:50-11:15AM    BREAK

11:15-12:30PM    Breakout Sessions
Dialogue on state and local ideas
•    Foundations and Baselines
•    Community Gardens
•    Farm to School
•    New and Transitioning Farmer Support
•    Institutional, Retail, and  Food Service Markets

12:30PM-1:45PM    Lunch
–Johnny Wynne, Dean, North Carolina State University
(Speakers to be determined)
–Dan Gerlach, President, Golden Leaf Foundation
–The Honorable Bob Etheridge, US House of Representatives

1:45-3:00PM    Working  Issue Team Reports (WITS)
•    Public Health and Food  Access Disparities (Alice Ammerman, Director, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, UNC)
•    Communications (Natalie Hampton, Communications Specialist, Cooperative Extension)
•    Direct Marketing (Debbie Hamrick, NC Farm Bureau)
•    Processing and Infrastructure (Uli Bennowitz, Weeping Radish)
•    Local Government and Land Use Planning (John Day, Cabarrus County Manager)
•    Youth and Social Networking (Shorlette Ammons-Stephens, Head of Children’s Services, Wayne County Public Library)

3:00PM     Mary McNeil, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights USDA

3:20-4:30PM    WIT Breakout Sessions
Dialogue on state and local action ideas
•    Public Health and Food Access Disparities and Access
•    Communications
•    Direct Marketing
•    Processing and Infrastructure
•    Local Governments and Land Use Planning
•    Youth and Social Networking

4:30-5:00PM    Break

5:00-7:00PM    Networking Reception
–NC State Arboretum
Larry Wooten, NC Farm Bureau
The Honorable Kay Hagan, U.S. Senate

May 12th

8:00-8:30AN    Coffee

8:30-9:15AM    Morning Plenary
Highlights of Working Issue Team Discussions (Warren Miller)
Special Announcement:  Maurice Totty, Food Buy-Compass Group
The Honorable Bev Perdue, Governor

9:15-9:30AM    BREAK

9:30 -11:00AM     Regional Dialogues (All McKimmon Center)
Facilitated discussions by region:
•    Local action ideas
•    Local leadership and communication
•    Connecting to statewide network

11:00–11:15AM    BREAK

11:15-12:00PM    Closing Remarks
Special Announcement:  Jon Ort and Ray McKinnie, Directors, NC Cooperative Extension
The Honorable Eva Clayton, Former Congresswoman, 1st District, North Carolina