This year, the Wisconsin Local Food Network will be changing things up a bit at our annual Summit. In addition to our regular keynotes, we will also be presenting a special Keynote Panel featuring local food policy leaders from the Midwest. These panelists will be discussing the work they have done  to build local food charters, policies, and funding systems in their respective states.




Bridget Holcomb: Executive Director of Women, Food, Agriculture Network (WFAN); Representing the Iowa and Illinois Food Policy Councils





Tom Spaulding: Executive Director of Angelic Organics; Representing the Illinois Food Policy & Council




Jude Berry: Food System Specialist at Center for Regional Food Systems – Michigan State University; Representing the Michigan Good Food Charter




Stephanie Heim: Associate Program Director in Community Food Systems at University of Minnesota Extension; Representing the Minnesota Food Charter





Michael Dahl: Director of the Minnesota Food Charter Network; Representing the Minnesota Food Charter



Each of these panelists will also be doing individual breakouts during the Summit to dig down deeper into the work they have done with their state-wide policy initiatives and their organizations.

The Summit will close with a facilitated Wisconsin Food System Convergence designed to build consensus and energy so that individuals and organizations can leave the Summit with a greater understanding and awareness of local food policy development as well as immediate action steps to make continued impact in local communities between Summits. WLFN will also be unveiling it’s “forward action” plan with the launching of an enhanced State-wide listserve for Local Food events, conversations, meetings, and resources.

To register for this exciting event, visit our event page at:

Early Bird Tickets are on sale until December 21st!!