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  Greater Everglades Community Food Summit
  Monday, July 12 and Tuesday, July 13, 2010

  Shape a shared vision for a vibrant, healthy,
   just and sustainable local food system in South Florida.


   Participants from diverse backgrounds will work together to:

·         Identify and map many of the sustainable, local food initiatives under way in our bioregion;

·         Develop a shared vision of the healthy, resilient, accessible, and sustainable food
    system we all need; and,

·         Identify the many opportunities needed to reach our collective vision.

  The outcome of the Summits will be a cooperatively-developed Local Foods Action Plan for strengthening and expanding the local food system within the framework of a regional foodshed. The Action Plan will serve as vehicle for forming alliances, joint venture businesses, and fund-raising strategies to enhance the production, processing, storage, distribution, marketing, and consumption of foods sustainably grown in the Greater Everglades bioregion.

Marke Winne, Community Food Security Coalition
From 1979 to 2003, Mark Winne was the Executive Director of the Hartford Food System, a private non-profit agency that works on food and hunger issues in Connecticut.  He is the co-founder of the Community Food Security Coalition where he now works as the Food Policy Council Project Director. As a writer on food issues, Mark’s work has appeared in the Washington Post, The Nation, Sierra magazine, Orion magazine, and Yes! magazine, to name a few. His first book Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty was released in 2008. Mark’s second book Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart Cookin’ Mamas is scheduled for release in October 2010. Both books are published by Beacon Press. In addition to writing, Mark speaks to groups across the world on topics related to community food systems, food policy, and food security. He also serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations in his home state of New Mexico as well as in other parts of the country.

 Peter McDermott, Local Food Cleveland Organizer
Peter McDermott is the founder of Urban Growth Farms, a Network Weaver at Entrepreneurs for Sustainability and the creator of Local Food ClevelandWhether farming his half-acre urban market garden or helping others self-organize and take action, he works to grow a thriving local food economy and culture in his hometown of Cleveland, OH. Peter founded Local Food Cleveland in 2008 to create a commons where local food entrepreneurs from across the local food system could connect and learn to advance their work. Through monthly networking events that draw over 200 participants and the website, Peter helps individuals and businesses find their place in the local food economy and take their next step. His leading edge is exploring how to scale local foods and re-localization in the midst of declining energy and resource availability.

A major focus of the Summits and resulting Action Plan will be to develop proven systems for providing fresh, healthy, affordable local foods to ALL residents, especially those most in need.

Organized by Earth Learning, Land in Common, Earth Ethics Institute
Partners include: Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus School of Community Education, MDC International Hospitality Center,
Slow Food Miami, Urban Oasis Project, Redland Organics CSA, Bordercross Communications, Human Services Coalition

MDC employees, registration for the conference is free, but there is a small charge for food. To Register,  Contact Mario Yanez.

Registration and Information with Earth Learning

Just after the Summit, participants are invited to a
Conference and Dinner with Dr. Vandana Shiva, a world-renowned environmental activist at
Sofitel Miami… limited special pricing for Summit participants!



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