You won’t want to miss the 11th Annual Local Food Summit in La Crosse
Thursday, January 12 and Friday, January 13 with Pre-Summit Vernon County / Viroqua Tour starting at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11.
Breakout sessions will be of interest to local food minded people regardless of whether or not it is part of your profession or because it is your interest or passion!  Click Here to see all your presentation opportunities.
Registration includes;
  • 20 + breakout sessions
  • Panel of State Policy Leaders –  Those who have been a part of effecting state-wide change will participate in the panel, the Convergence, individual breakout sessions, and available for networking throughout the two days.
  • Convergence* – a forum to solicit input from food system stakeholders – see more below
  • Reception and opportunity to participate in after-dinner conversation with the State representatives
  • Two breakfasts and two lunches
  • Tour on Thursday morning to Hillview Greenhouse, the Green Wall at Western Technical College, and then the Vermicomposting Center – open to first 45 registrants signing up for the tour
Click here to register.
Scholarships – Need a full or partial scholarship?  Applications are open until the funding is depleted.  But don’t delay. Ensure your opportunity by applying early as we are nearly half way through the available funding.  Open to high school and college students, and all professions.  Click here to complete a scholarship application.
Pre-Summit Vernon County / Viroqua Experience – Wednesday, Only $16 includes tours, Happy Hour, dinner, and music.  This is a self-drive opportunity starting at 3 p.m. at Vernon Economic Development Association’s Food Enterprise Center – 1201 North Main Street, Viroqua, WI to tour various local food enterprises and initiatives. Then enjoy Branches Winery, Happy Hour, and a locally sourced dinner by Viroqua Food Co-op with music by Dan Sebranek/Acoustic guitar. If you aren’t able to join us for the Summit, consider signing up separately for the Pre-Summit!  Click here to register for the Pre-Summit and /or Summit.
Convergence –  The Wisconsin Food System Convergence will be a forum to solicit input from food system stakeholders on how to create a sustainable, good food movement throughout our state. The Convergence will build on all the great work that has been done in the past, and through a modified process of Appreciative Inquiry, will seek to chart a coordinated path forward. Join us to share your input on how to more effectively work together to build a food system that makes it easy to grow, sell, access, and eat healthy food for all people in Wisconsin.
Volunteers & Group Moderators Needed – There are still some openings for volunteers to serve as room hosts, at registration, set-up, clean-up, and to help moderate table discussions during the Convergence.  If you would like to volunteer, please email
Carpool or Room Mate Needed – Need help with finding a room mate or a ride share?  Click here to list on a carpooling site. Click here to submit a request for room share offer or seeking.
Reception – Thursday 5 – 6:30 p.m. – Hackberry’s Bistro above People’s Food Co-Op is the location and sponsor for this event. . Light appetizers and cash bar featuring local and organic foods, beer, and wines.
Networking Dinner – Thursday 6:15 – 8 p.m. – Piggy’s Restaurant and Blues Lounge – Check out menus at both restaurants at Piggy’s web site by clicking here.  Join the policy leaders and panelists from IL, IA, MI, and MN for a conversation about how we might all work more collaboratively related to local food.  Sign up here for the Networking Dinner (individual checks- not included in registration fee)
We look forward to seeing you for the exciting 11th Annual Wisconsin Local Food Network Summit!  Feel free to contact us if you any problems with registering or have questions.
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