Growing Our Future: 2017 Food Summit was held on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Clark College Columbia Tech Center | 18700 SE Mill Plain Blvd. Vancouver, WA. This page is a recap of the event including and a summary of findings. If you have questions or thoughts to add, please use the comment form at the bottom of this page.
The Clark County Food System partnered with Clark College to convene a Summit to discuss our local food system in Southwest Washington. There were speakers, workshops, networking, and tasting of beer, wine, coffee and tea while discussing issues and actions gleaned throughout the day.
- Columbian – Growing our Future: A taste of a food industry worth developing
- Columbian – Letter: Kudos to food summit
- Columbian – Letter: Food summit hits the spot
- Vancouver Business Journal – Making a case for agritourism in Clark County
- The Independent – Clark Holds its First Food Summit
The Locavore Lunch & Product Showcase
Provided by Clark College Culinary programs, the delicious variety of seasonal bites will have you nibbling away while visiting local craft and specialty food vendors. Designed for plenty of time to network and make connections!
A special thank you to the producers and organizations that showed their products and provided ingredients
One locally grown restaurant story
- Jeff Harvey, Burgerville
The Processing Gap
Where do we need to go?
- Amanda Oborne, Ecotrust
Food Oriented Development and How to Finance
Economic development and investment strategies in the region
- Tim Crosby, Cascadia Foodshed Financing Project
- The Distribution Dilemma
A conversation about the opportunities and challenges entrepreneurial food producers face getting their products to market.
- Bruce Varney, Varney Consulting
- The Next Generation Farmer
What happens when you cross-pollinate an engineer, an operations manager and acres of rich silt-loam soil? What sort of hybrid vigor results? Explore the skill sets future agrarians need to cultivate a healthy resilient regional food system.
- April Thatcher, April Joy Farm
- Nutrient Loss Prevention for a Lifespan of Health
Take a look at the philosophy of taste and the nutritional impact of food from infancy to senior wellness. Food affects us throughout life.
- Richard Hoelzel, CDM, CFPP, FMP
- Panel: From Craft to Commercial
How did you get your product from your kitchen to large scale production? What are the barriers and opportunities that you see for craft products? How can the community better support these business ventures?
- Growing Good Soil for Great Food
How do farmers develop good soil and how does it relate to nutrition? A science perspective.
- Caroline Swansey, Clark STEM Faculty
- Food Hubs 101 – Farm to Table
What are “food hubs”? How can they support farmers, sourcing locally, and regional food economies? We’ll discuss the basic components and strategies that food hubs use to benefit farmers and eaters alike, see some examples from around Washington State, and explore what a food hub might look like in Clark County.
- Chris Iberle, WSDA Regional Markets
- Eco-Dynamic Systems
Clark faculty showcase the work they are doing with students, incorporating hands-on science, agriculture and environment.
- Kathleen Perillo & Erin Harwood, Clark STEM Faculty
- Fermented Foods & Probiotics
Fermenting not only preserves food but also enhances nutrient bio-availability and digestion through the action of probiotic Lactobacilli organisms. Water content of fresh, locally-grown produce, in addition to its enhanced nutrient density, creates a superior product. Fermented foods are ideal for small businesses as well as the home table. Tips, techniques, samples and recipes.
- Tracy Reilly Kelly, Manager, Clark College Continuing Education
Key Themes of the Food Summit
At the end of the day was a Conversation Café & Tasting hosted by Slow Food Southwest Washington. We shared our thoughts and what we had learned throughout the day while tasting local teas, wines, & beer. These ideas were captured along with notes from the breakout sessions then combined and organized into four key themes and outlined in the document below.
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