2020 Michigan Good Food Virtual Summit

October 12, 2020 - November 20, 2020

The 2020 Michigan Good Food Summit will be a series of virtual gatherings featuring stories, presentations, and panel discussions from communities and organizations across Michigan.

Since 2010, people across the state and country have gathered at the Michigan Good Food Summit to network, share, reflect, and learn about good food work happening in Michigan.

While we will miss gathering in-person this year, the 2020 Michigan Good Food Summit Virtual Summit will still celebrate achievements, explore new directions, and launch a renewed effort to advance a good food system in Michigan that promotes equity, sustainability, and thriving economies for all of Michigan and its people. 

The 2020 Virtual Summit will be an engaging event to help set the stage for the next 10 years of good food systems in Michigan.

The MSU Center for Regional Food Systems is seeking proposals for webinar sessions for the 2020 Michigan Good Food Virtual Summit.

About the Webinar Series

The webinar series will launch on October 12, 2020. The launch will feature more details about the updated draft of the Michigan Good Food Charter, remarks from food system leaders, and a keynote speaker. All of the other webinars in the series will follow the launch session between the dates of October 14 and November 20. Webinars will be scheduled on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10-11:30 AM.

We are looking for proposals for lightning talks, presentations, and panels. View the full call for proposals for more information.

Series Goals

  • Celebrate the successes of the past 10 years and explore future strategies leading toward
    a Michigan-based good food system
  • Share tools and resources that participants can use to enhance progress toward a robust, equitable, and healthy food system in their own communities
  • Network and learn from the many success stories taking place in Michigan to enable greater engagement in the good food movement
  • Identify resources and strategies to enhance equity in Michigan’s food system and ensure that all residents have access to good food

Priority Topics

We are looking for proposals that help highlight the food system challenges Michigan faces and the solutions you are creating. Whether you want to share a new idea, share a great idea that’s working, or inspire dialogue around important issues, we need your help to make this virtual summit a meaningful experience.

Proposals should relate to the theme of this year’s conference, Moving Forward with Equity and Resilience, and focus on sharing stories, lessons-learned, new ideas, successful strategies, policies, partnerships, and infrastructures that address one of the following interconnected priority topics and guiding questions:

  • Food Access to Food Sovereignty: How can we ensure that everyone has the resources to access and afford healthy, culturally appropriate food where they live, work, learn, and play and the ability to shape the food systems that impact them?
  • Farm & Food Business Viability: How do we foster food systems that support a dynamic mix of local, regional, national, and global food sources while offering opportunities for Michigan food and farm businesses of all scales?
  • Fair Wages & Economic Opportunity: How can we ensure that people who plant, harvest, process, pack, transport, prepare, serve, and sell food have access to living wages, benefits, safe work environments, and pathways for career advancement and leadership?
  • The Role of Education in Food Systems: How do we create educational opportunities that increase the capacity of individuals and communities to shape their food systems and contribute to individual and collective wellbeing?
  • Advancing Good Food Policy: How can Michigan residents work together to advance policies that support local/regional food systems that are equitable, accessible, fair, diverse, and sustainable?
  • Health Equity in the Food System: What strategies advance food systems that support opportunities for everyone to be as healthy as possible - physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually?
  • Sustainable Ecosystems & Climate Change Mitigation & Resilience: In what ways can food systems be designed to protect air, water, and soil now and for future generations? How can communities become resilient in the face of climate change? How can the food system actively mitigate its impact on the climate?
  • COVID-19 and Food System Resilience: As Michigan continues to face the challenges of life during a global pandemic, what lessons are we learning about resilience in food systems and beyond?

Proposal Submission Requirements

See the full proposal submission guidelines for details about how to submit.

Due Date for Proposals: July 31, 2020

Notification Date: Presenters will be notified of the decision on their submission via e-mail by August 31, 2020.

Submit Proposals Online: https://forms.gle/VwWaHu8j49pWC9mG8

Speakers Tech Check Meeting: TBD, likely mid- to late-September

Webinar Series Dates:
Launch Session - October 12, 2020
Series Run - October 12 - November 20, 2020


For questions on the submission procedure, please contact Diane Drago at ddrago@dmsevents.com.

For questions on the content of your proposal, please contact Lindsey Scalera at scaleral@msu.edu.

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