First Florida Local Food Summit, Orlando, 2014

Orlando, Fla.—This was the first year of the Florida Local Food Summit. It was held last month, on the upper floor of the East End Market in Orlando. The summit brought together people from all over Florida, the United States and even Canada. It was designed to educate, energize, and promote change in the local food movement.


There were 150 people in attendance from farms, grocery stores, local governments and the public. Keynote speakers like Canadian farmer Jean-Martin Fortier and chef/farmer Matthew Raidford, of Georgia, spoke about local food systems.


The summit was hosted by Earth Learning, East End Market, Local Roots Distribution and the Florida Organic Growers. The first day was all about education and was broken into three categories: organic farming, entrepreneurship, and permaculture.


The second day was about building communities through several breakout session workshops.


This two-day event allowed conventional farmers to meet organic, sustainable and permaculture farmers. It was a huge success.


To find out about future events contact East End Market , 3201 Corrine Dr., Orlando, FL 32803 (321) 236-3316 



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