We are pleased to announce a conference marking the last phase of our project. The event is scheduled for December 10-11, 2015 in Greenbelt, MD.

Our project explores whether greater reliance on regionally produced food could improve food access in low-income communities, while also benefiting farmers, food supply chain firms and others in the food system. Project researchers are eager to reveal findings about production capacity, supply chains, and consumer access to our "market basket" of food items, for example.

We have a block of rooms reserved at $195/night for Dec. 9 and 10 at the Marriott Hotel. Confirmed attendees will receive further information about reserving lodging. We will start early on Thursday and end by lunch on Friday.

Our goals for this gathering are to:

  • Share our findings and learnings
  • Stimulate conversation and collaboration among food system researchers, practitioners, advocates and funders
  • Advance our collective work on regional food systems and food access

At this gathering, you will hear about and from:

  • 13 rural and urban participating communities in eight locations across the Northeast
  • Grocery store owners who have partnered with us in our research
  • Production, Distribution and Consumption Research Teams
  • Our five sister AFRI projects that are doing similar exciting work
  • Our unique transdisciplinary methodologies - successes and challenges
  • Community, Local and Regional Food System eXtension Community of Practice
  • Food Systems Modeling (FSM) and the FSM Learning Community

There is no registration fee for this event, and all meals and breaks will be provided.

Space is limited. Please let us know if you intend to come. RSVP to Kathy at . We very much hope to see you then.