Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM EST
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University of Kentucky, Gatton Student Center 
160 Avenue of Champions
Lexington, KY 40508

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Dr. Lilian Brislen 
The Food Connection 
(269) 303-3142 

Kentucky Local Food Systems Summit 2020 


Parking and Additional Information for the second annual Kentucky Local Food Systems Summit

Please come prepared to learn and connect. You are welcome to bring a reusable coffee mug and/or water bottle to enjoy our full day drink service. We also highly recommend bringing business cards to share with your fellow attendees.

We’ll have programs, name tags, and parking vouchers ready for you at the registration desk, which is located on the second floor of the student center just outside the Grand Ball Room. We will have directional signage in and around the student center to help guide you. The University of Kentucky, Gatton Student Center address is: 160 Avenue of Champions, Lexington, KY 40508.

If you have any questions about accessibility or requests for accommodations please reach out to Lilian Brislen at your earliest convenience: Lilian.Brislen@uky.edu or 859-218-4987.


Because of unanticipated changes to construction schedules on campus, our parking arrangement for attendees is as follows:

All Off-Campus Guests (Non-UK) are invited to park at Parking Structure 5, otherwise known as the garage on Limestone. You may park anywhere in the garage. Use the pedestrian bridge located on the third floor to cross over to campus, and follow signs to the student center. It is a very short walk.

We cannot reserve parking in the garage, but UK parking authority has reassured us that there will be adequate space for all who arrive prior to 9 am . Anyone arriving after that time (give or take) may not be able to find a space and will have to find their own alternative parking arrangements.

Please note there will be a significant amount of construction in the area, and you should be prepared for traffic delays. 

You will receive a voucher at the registration desk that will allow you to exit the parking structure free of charge.

ALL ON-CAMPUS (UK) ATTENDEES: Guest parking comes at significant expense to our conference and we are grateful to our on-campus colleagues for using your normal means of parking and transportation. We recommend parking in the Memorial Colosseum E lot which is an easy walk to the Student Center and will also free up spaces for those parking in PS5.

We thank you again for your interest in our Kentucky local food systems, and look forward from learning with you!


General Registration is now full. Thanks to everyone who has registered!

The Food Connection at the University of Kentucky, in partnership with Bluegrass Farm to Table and Kentucky Proud, invites you to the second annual Kentucky Local Food Systems Summit. This day of workshops, networking, and conversation is designed to bring together food systems professionals who work on the front lines of growing our local farm and food systems.

Registration is $75 which covers full participation in the summit, all day coffee, a locally sourced lunch, and a networking reception with drinks and light refreshments. For off-campus guests, this also includes the cost of parking. Instructions on parking and other details will be sent to you prior to the event. A limited number of scholarships are available, please contact lilian.brislen@uky.edu to inquire.

Session 1 (9:00 - 10:00)

1A Farmers Market Innovations

1B Are you going to eat that? Reducing Food Waste Pre- and Post- consumer

1C The Kentucky Cafeteria: Farm to Institution panel

1D Bringing back the Joy of Cooking: Culinary Outreach

1E Connecting the dots: Innovation and collaboration for community food security 

1F Farm to bottle: Kentucky grains for Kentucky distilling

Session 2 (10:15 - 11:15)

2A Telling Local Food Stories

2B Chef’s Perspective Panel

2C Spreading the good word: Promoting local purchasing and local restaurants

2D Extending the Season, Expanding Markets

2E Eaters Unite: Community markets and cooperative economics

2F Hook, Line, and Dinner: Kentucky fisheries

Session 3 (11:30 - 12:30)

3A Employer Sponsored CSAs: For the health of our community

3B Black Soil: Our Better Nature

3C Life's a salad, let's mix it up

3D One Step Further for Local Food: Processing and value adding for diverse markets

3E Community Food Assessments

3F: Fine as Kentucky Wine

3G Culinary Medicine Cooking Class

Lunch (12:30 - 2:00)

Session 4 (2:15 - 3:15)

4A: Farming is Our Future (Speical Presentation by Presenting Sponsor American Farmland Trust's President & CEO, John Piotti)

4B: Hemp as Food

4C Many Meats, Many Markets: New frontiers for KY proteins

4D Up to Grow Good: Community gardens

4E Cultivate Kentucky: Growing wholesale production

4F Local food is elementary: K-12 dining

Session 5 (3:30 - 4:30)

5A Mooooving forward with Kentucky Beef Value Chains

5B Community Cafes: Serving up food justice

5C A Food Policy Council for Kentucky 

5D Brewing success: Kentucky Proud Beer Week

5E Local food is Big Business: Supporting entrepreneurial development for our local producers

5F Farm to Loaf

Reception (4:30 - 6:30)

We would like to thank our sponsors:

American Farmland Trust, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Kentucky Dining,  Fayette Alliance, Student Sustainability Council, Fayette County Farm Bureau, Good Foods Co-Op, Kentucky Cattlemen's Association, Kentucky Proud and Marksbury Farm