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2013 Come to the Table Summit

 

2013 Come to the Table Summit focuses on

New Food Businesses and Startup Business Resources

(Iowa City, IA) Come to the Table is a special program of the Field to Family Regional Food Coalition with the goal of bringing together farmers with bakers, butchers, grocers, chefs, schools, hospitals, distributors, and many more buyers of local food. The goal is to foster the relationships between farmers and buyers in the Iowa Corridor Region.

Despite its strong agricultural market, Iowa imports most of its food from other states and countries. Event organizers hope to increase the amount of local food bought and sold in Iowa by bringing together area food buyers with local food producers. “Come to the Table” aims to expand the local foods market starting with a handshake.

WHAT: Third Annual Come to the Table: Local Food Summit for Producers & Buyers

WHEN: 9-4 PM on February 15, 2013

WHERE: Johnson County ISU Extension, 3109 Old Highway 218 S. Iowa City, IA 52246

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – $10 Registration fee, Local Lunch with pre-paid order

Keynote speaker Angie Hawk Maiden, Executive Director of Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet), will share the story of ACEnet’s new business incubation and support programs including their Food Manufacturing & Commercial Kitchen facility.

Following the opening presentation three local start-up food businesses will tell their business’ story including planning, acquiring capital, finding the best facility, and much more.

“In developments toward  a more sustainable, local food system in our region, packaged and processed local food products are becoming more important to our customers. With every new business start-up there are resources that are important to their success,” said Jason Grimm, Food System Planner from Iowa Valley RC&D. “This year’s summit is focused on highlighting some of these food business resources and showcasing stories from business owners about how they started their business.”

This marks the third year of the Summit. The Summit is now a full day featuring a panel of local food businesses, networking of buyers, farmers and food entrepreneurs and three afternoon breakout sessions.

To Register for the Event

Register online at www.2013cometothetablesummit.eventbrite.com

Event Sponsors Include:

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

New Pioneer Food Coop/Soilmates

Iowa Valley RC&D

Iowa City Area Development

Farmers Trust and Savings Bank

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