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2020 Michigan Good Food Virtual Summit

Moving Forward with Equity & Resilience

October-November 2020

Presented by the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems

Registration for the 2020 Michigan Good Food Virtual Summit is now open!

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.

The 2020 Michigan Good Food Summit is a series of virtual gatherings that will bring together people from across Michigan to celebrate achievements and launch a renewed effort to advance good food systems in Michigan that promote equity, health, sustainability, and thriving economies.

The 2020 Summit is a unique event for youth, individuals, businesses, and organizations to collaborate and set the stage for the next 10 years of good food systems in Michigan!


You can participate in engaging presentations, panels, and lightning talks on:

  • Food Access to Food Sovereignty
  • Farm & Food Business Viability
  • Fair Wages & Economic Opportunity
  • The Role of Education in Food Systems
  • Advancing Good Food Policy
  • Health Equity in the Food System
  • Sustainable Ecosystems & Climate Change Mitigation & Resilience
  • COVID-19 & Food System Resilience

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 18.


Date Time Topic
Thursday, October 8 4:00 - 5:00 PM Virtual Networking Reception
Monday, October 12 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Series Launch & Keynote with Dr. Ricardo Salvador
Wednesday, October 14 10:00 - 11:30 AM Lightning Talks
Monday, October 19 10:00 - 11:30 AM Finding Resilience in Local Communities during COVID-19
Wednesday, October 21 1:00 - 2:30 PM Safe Food at All Scales
Monday, October 26 10:00 - 11:30 AM Full Circle Sustainability: From Food Waste to Fresh Catch
Wednesday, October 28 10:00 - 11:30 AM From Jobs to Justice: Innovations for Economic Wellbeing through the Food System
Monday, November 9 10:00 - 11:30 AM Tech, Tastes, and Telling Our Stories: Empowering Youth through Food and Garden Education
Tuesday, November 10 1:00 - 2:30 PM Food Access to Food Sovereignty: Addressing Inequities and Supporting Producer Diversity in the Food
Monday, November 16 10:00 - 11:30 AM Exploring Health Equity in the Food System
Wednesday, November 18 10:00 - 11:30 AM Keeping it Growing: Supporting Farmers During the Pandemic
TBD TBD Grassroots Good Food: How Michigan Residents can work with Elected Officials to Advance Good Food Policy
TBD TBD Satellite Session: Summit Priority Topics Discussion Groups

View the Schedule-at-a-Glance for additional details. 

What you get when you participate in the 2020 Michigan Good Food Virtual Summit:

  • Live Webinar Series Access: All registered participants will be given access to join all live webinars and any related virtual gatherings in the series. Recordings will be made available if you cannot attend live. You can choose which events in the series you would like to attend!
  • Webinar Recordings and Digital Resource Materials: You will receive access to the webinar recordings, the virtual tote bag, and other follow up materials which will remain accessible through April 30, 2021
  • Accessibility: We are hoping to provide (auto-generated) closed captioning during our webinars and with the recordings. We will confirm this in conference communications. Please get in touch with us if you have questions.
  • Possible CEU Credits: We are hoping to provide Continuing Education Credits for 1-3 fields (we will post notice if we are able to offer these and for which fields)
  • Networking Opportunities: We will host a pre-summit virtual networking event and a satellite discussion session (open to the public) during the series where you’ll get to interact with additional presenters and discuss priority topics.

Registration Information

Flexible rates and scholarships are available.

  • Early Bird - Register by September 30, 2020
    • Flexible rate: $15, Full Price: $40
  • Normal Rate - Register by October 5, 2020
    • Flexible rate: $20, Full Price: $50
  • Scholarships - Any Michigan resident may apply. Scholarship recipients get the same access as all other registrants. Apply for a scholarship.

Registration will remain open until October 31, 2020, but late registration may not guarantee a seat during the live events.


More information about fees and scholarships can be found on the event registration page.


For information on registration or sponsoring the summit, please contact Diane Drago at

We are working to schedule an in-person event in fall 2021.

The 2020 Michigan Good Food Summit Planning Committee

Anna Almanza - Food Bank Council of Michigan

Addell Anderson - FoodCorps Michigan

Ashley Atkinson - Keep Growing Detroit

Alexander Ball - Old City Acres

Kathryn Colasanti - MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

Diane Drago - DMS Events

Liz Gensler - MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

Maureen Husek - Beaumont Health

Rachel Kelly - MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

Daniel Marbury - Crosshatch

Shiloh Maples - American Indian Health and Family Services

Caroline Michniak – Eastern Market Partnership

Samantha Otto - Muskegon Family Care and West Michigan Growers Group

Elissa Penczar - Muskegon Area Career Tech Center

Cynthia Price - Washtenaw Solidarity with Farmworkers

Lindsey Scalera - MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

Michelle Schulte - Inter-Tribal Council of MI

Kelly Wilson - Taste the Local Difference

Lori Yelton - Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Michigan Good Food and the Michigan Good Food Summit is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.