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FORT WAYNE, IN -- The Purdue Extension Allen County and the local Food Council have teamed up once again to host the “2018 Northeast Indiana Local Food Forum: Our Lands. Our Tables” on March 12, 2018 at the Walb Union Classic Ballroom on the IPFW campus in Fort Wayne.

Join us for this fun, informative and interactive event intended to celebrate and strengthen connections within our expanding local food community. 

The Local Food Forum will open with a keynote address by Holly Parker from the Fair Food Network in Ann Arbor, Michigan and will be followed by a series of breakout sessions, a lunch that's locally-sourced to highlight our community, and Lightning Talks - where you’ll have the opportunity to share your ideas, news, or stories about local food through a 3-minute presentation. 

The Local Food Forum will conclude with an expo and social hour where attendees can sample local foods, learn more about initiatives and businesses, and mingle with local food producers, professionals and consumers. Come together to celebrate and bolster our local food community. Collectively, we will cultivate a bountiful future for the local foods in Northeast Indiana. 

The Local Food Forum invites farmers, local food producers, community leaders, aspiring food entrepreneurs, community wellness advocates, chefs and other food professionals, as well as anyone with an interest in food and community for the possibility of working together to learn how to make a positive impact in our local community.

Registration information is on the website www.NEIfood.org. Questions, call Vickie Hadley, Allen County Extension Office at (260) 481-6826 or email at hadleyv@purdue.edu. Doors open at 8:00 am, with presentations and activities planned from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm and an expo to follow from 5:00 to 7:30pm. All-day admission includes entry to the expo & social hour. Admission to the expo & social hour will be offered separately for those that cannot attend during the day. Registration deadline is March 5. Early bird discount ends February 26. Admission to expo & social hour-only will remain open through the day of the event. 

Event Schedule
8:00-8:30 AM Sign-in & Coffee
8:30-9:00 AM Welcome 
9:00 -10:00 AM Keynote Address by Holly Parker
10:15-11:15 AM Breakout Sessions #1 
11:30 AM-12:00 PM Lightning Talks 
12:00-12:45 PM Lunch & Big Announcement
1:00-2:00 PM Breakout Sessions #2 
2:30-3:30 PM Breakout Sessions #3 
3:45-4:30 PM Celebrating Our Local Food Community 
5:00-7:30 PM Local Food Expo & Social Hour 
 

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