The first Driftless Food Systems Convention was held on January 21, 2010, at the Wisconsin Value-Added Conference and Local Food Summit in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The session consisted of a World Café exercise, in which participants broke into about 8 small groups to discuss visions, challenges, and near-term objectives for the Driftless Region. There were approximately 59 participants at the session, representing all four states that are part of the Driftless Region. At each table, a self-designated table-leader recorded the discussion.
Visit the following link for a brief summary on the themes that emerged from our conversation: Themes from Driftless Convention #1 – January 21, 2010 . The most frequently raised topics included the need to build partnerships and a sense of community within the Driftless, the need to establish a regional marketing identity, the provision of more support for farmers, and the development of more substantial infrastructure to bolster our work. Download the document to see the complete list.
We hope to use this blog in the coming weeks to expand on the needs and opportunities expressed by the meeting’s participants. Ideally, these themes and our future sessions will produce a fruitful dialogue on ways to scale up food system resources in the Driftless.
Thank you to the many people who have contributed thus far to the conversation. We look forward to continuing this process at our next session on March 18. All are welcome. Click below to visit Evite for more information about the event and to RSVP: http://www.evite.com/pages/invite/viewInvite.jsp?event=TJYZVTOFPKTQFVTNAGRG&unknownUser=true