Conference aims to grow local food economy

The conference will be hosted by University of Idaho extension and Western SARE.

Capital Press

Published on September 4, 2018 10:09AM

Experts, advocates and educators seeking more vibrant local food systems will join Idaho community leaders to discuss challenges and opportunities to strengthen local food economies during an Oct. 18 conference in Boise.

The conference, Balancing Profitability and Access in Local Food Systems, is being hosted by the University of Idaho with support from Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

It will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Riverside Hotel.

Participants will explore economic approaches to cultivate a local food economy, create jobs and invigorate small farms and businesses.

Panelists from across Idaho will examine ways to bring more locally produced foods to mainstream markets to strengthen small- to mid-sized farms.

Speakers will include Neva Hassanein, a University of Montana professor of environmental studies and author of “Changing the Way America Farms: Knowledge and Community in the Sustainable Agriculture Movement,” and Lauren Gwin, Oregon State University associate director of the Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems.

Registration is $45 at Scholarships are available, and more information is available from U of I Extension educator Lauren Golden at


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