Food for Thought Conference 2017

2017 Food for Thought Conference
2017 Food for Thought Conference

The Georgia Farmers Market (GFMA) is excited to announce the dates and location for the second annual Food for Thought Conference! After the first conference last winter, GFMA went right back to the drawing board to see how this year's conference could build on the experience from last year.

The conference, which is scheduled for November 30 through December 1, 2017, will be held at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, GA.

"We were delighted by the participation, enthusiasm and impact of the Food for Thought Conference last year,” said Sagdrina Jalal, Executive Director, Georgia Farmers Market Association. “Gwinnett Technical College was an excellent venue for the event last year and we are happy to return.”

When GFMA hosted its first Food for Thought Conference at Gwinnett Technical College last year, both organizations recognized the synergy between their programs.

“We focus on real-world education and skill development at Gwinnett Technical College and we encourage our students to connect with industry associations,” said Aaron Poulsen, program director for the College’s Horticulture program. “The Food for Thought Conference is an excellent opportunity for our Horticulture and Culinary Arts program students to learn, gain valuable experience, volunteer, attend sessions and network with agricultural professionals.”

Strong and resilient farmers markets bring people together, bridge cultural gaps, encourage sustainable living, educate and inspire better food choices and healthier eating. They help local producers succeed while raising awareness and improving local food systems, stimulating local economies, and contributing to the health of entire communities. The 2017 Food for Thought Conference will facilitate and encourage meaningful dialog about ways to cultivate and assist more farmers markets, help more local producers prosper, and strengthen communities.

GFMA works year-round to strengthen connections between farmers markets and local producers to help them maintain sustainable businesses, engage their communities, and improve local food systems. The Food for Thought Conference brings market managers, farmers, municipalities, agricultural businesses, educators, healthcare professionals, food advocates and local food enthusiasts together to share their experience, knowledge and passion for healthy food, strong communities and food sovereignty.

Early Bird Conference Registration is Open Now, Learn more here.