Regional Plant-Related Event

South Dakota Local Foods Conference in Spearfish, Nov. 2-4  

– The 2017 South Dakota Local Foods Conference (SDLFC) is scheduled for Nov. 3-4 at the Spearfish Holiday Inn Convention Center in Spearfish, SD. In addition, Thursday, Nov. 2 offers several in-depth pre-conference sessions and tours.

This conference provides educational programming and networking opportunities for producers, chefs, grocers, nutrition programs, consumers, local food enthusiasts, and resource providers of specialty crops and other local food products. Other components of the event include vendor booths, a tasting event with area chefs, and meals using local foods.

The conference features keynote speaker Chef Deborah Madison, a chef, cooking instructor and cookbook author. Her latest cookbook ‘In My Kitchen’ shares 100 vegetable-focused recipes perfect for weeknight dinners to special occasions. Her keynote “If I Were Visiting South Dakota, What Would I Want to Eat?” will discuss the importance of regional foods to a place and why they can be compelling to visitors. She will provide attendees with ideas for showcasing local foods.

The SDLFC will provide an expanded offering of pre-conference sessions and tours on Nov. 2. Sessions planned in the Spearfish area include: ‘Resources & Technical Assistance,’ ‘Local Foods & Healthcare (farm tour included),’ ‘Farm to School: Learning the Basics of Local Food Procurement (farm tour included),’ ‘SNAP at Farmers Markets,’ ‘Fruit Growing in the Upper Great Plains,’ and ‘12-Month Greenhouse.’ An additional option, ‘Organic Weed Control for Small Growers’ with farmer and consultant Atina Diffley, will be held in Rapid City. These sessions require advance registration and fees are separate from the conference registration.

A free evening film, ‘Seeds, an Untold Story,’ sponsored by Black Hills State University Sustainability Program will show on Thursday.

The full conference, Nov. 3-4, offers marketing, production, health, and business tracks.  Nov. 3 will feature ‘How to Make Local Food a Destination in Your Community’ with Tallgrass Landscape Architecture’s Matt Fridell & Tanya Olson. Additional breakout sessions include: online marketing, local foods & tourism, fruit growers & wine, meat & dairy goats, tribal local food initiatives, workamping & interns, food sovereignty, and farm to school networking.

Visit to register and complete your online payment for any of the pre-conference sessions and the conference.


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