(08/31/20) BATON ROUGE, La. — The fifth annual Louisiana Farm to School Conference will be held entirely online, free of cost.
The theme for the 2020 conference is “Virtually Everywhere,” and will occur in 2-hour sessions from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 7 and 8. The event will emphasize the three main components of farm to school — education, school gardens and local food procurement.
Topics will include farm to school during COVID-19, local success stories, garden sustainability, farm to school education, Louisiana food heritage and discovering your role in the food system. Anyone interested in local food systems, Louisiana agriculture, education, school gardens or healthful school meals is encouraged to register for the conference.
“This year’s virtual conference will have the same great content attendees have come to expect from our annual event — inspiring sessions, abundant resources and knowledgeable speakers. We’re grateful we can continue to connect with our stakeholders and bring them this conference in a new format” said Crystal Besse, Louisiana Farm to School executive director.
Helen Dombalis from the National Farm to School Network will kick off the conference on Sept. 30. In her role as the network’s executive director, Dombalis collaborates with stakeholders nationwide to explore and execute farm to school innovation, programming and advocacy to advance racial and social equity and justice. She is a nationally recognized food movement leader with more than a decade of experience cultivating equitable community food systems through strategic partnerships and policy advocacy.
This year’s conference will be free to all attendees. But space is limited, and registration is required. Participants can register online at https://bit.ly/2FJaaUk. Sessions will also be recorded and available for viewing after the conference.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture