Your Sneak Peak of 2018 Good Food Summit Lightning Talks – part 1

What do a farming program for socially disadvantaged populations, local food in Michigan’s largest school district, and a new marketing label for Lansing-area urban farmers have in common?

People listening at the 2016 Good Food Summit.
People listening at the 2016 Good Food Summit.

The Michigan Good Food movement has so many stories to share. How do you even come close to sharing it all in one day? Lightning talks!

A wide array of people making Michigan Good Food progress will share their stories in seven minutes during lightning talks at the 2018 Michigan Good Food Summit.

They’ll share emerging insights and best practices, tell stories of failures and learnings, or present a big idea as a concise message.

Lightning talks are an opportunity to hear about all kinds of good food work going on across Michigan. Some of this year’s talks include:

  • Farming on the Spectrum. How social farms work with socially disadvantaged groups, such as those with autism spectrum disorder, to teach food production skills while providing community-based social and health care.
  • Can a Lansing-Grown Label Unify Urban Farmers and Catalyze a Robust Food System? Early insights from a new marketing and promotional tool developed for Lansing-area urban farmers, non-profits and community members.
  • Transforming School Culture from Inside Out. The success and challenges of connecting kids to local food in the cafeteria, the classroom and beyond in Michigan’s largest school district, Detroit Public Schools.
  • Building an Impactful Food Council. Introducing a free online course to help local food councils build their capacity.
  • Invisible Workers: Slavery, Gender Violence and Poverty in Food Labor. Exploring inequitable labor practices in the U.S. food and restaurant industry, including sexual violence, poverty, wage theft, and discrimination, and actionable ways to make change.
  • Reimagining the Michigan Food Hub Network. How the Michigan Food Hub Network formed in 2012 is evolving and working to achieve new goals.

Can’t wait to find out what the rest of this year’s lightning talks will cover? Visit to read about all the rest (in the Full Agenda with Breakout Sessions) and register for the Good Food Summit!

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