Join area entrepreneurs, organizations, and others working to increase the availability and consumption of local foods in west central Missouri!

The Farm to Fork Summit offers inspiration and practical steps for everyone interested in local food — from farmers and eaters to doctors and grocers.

Date: January 15, 2019
Time: 8:45 AM-4:00 PM — Lunch is included and will feature local foods.

Location: First Assembly of God Church
3845 Old Hwy 13
Osceola, MO 64776

EARLY BIRD: (Nov. 1- Jan. 2, 2019) $20.00 per person

REGULAR RATE: (After Jan. 2, 2019) $25.00 Per Person

To guarantee your local food lunch, be sure to buy your ticket by January 10th! 

Morning plenary sessions will feature local entrepreneurs and initiatives.

Our keynote speaker over lunch is John Ikerd, author of Small Farms are Real Farms and more (

Workshops in the afternoon will cover rural farmers markets, regional food hubs, food security, food policy issues, agri-tourism, community gardens, and more!

Contact Katie Nixon for more information: 660-476-2185 or


Schedule of Events


8:15-9:00 am Registration & Exhibits

9:00-10:30 am Panel Discussion “Local Food Systems: The Here and Now”

10:30-11 amBreak – visit exhibits & write on the wall!

11:00 – 11:45 am Morning Workshops

12:00 – 1:15 pm Lunch and Keynote “The Future of Food and Farming” – John Ikerd

1:15 – 2:00 pm Afternoon Workshops

2:00 – 2:30 pm Break

2:30 – 3:30 pm World Café Discussion: Local Food Possibilities and Importance

3:30 – 4:00 pm Next Steps and Closing


Farmers Markets

Farmers Markets 

11:00 – 11:45 am: Starting a Market 

1:15 – 2:00 pm: Resilient Rural Markets 


Eileen Nichols, Webb City Farmers Market 

Christi Miller, Missouri Grown Program

Kelly Ast, Healthy Nevada


Wholesale Marketing

Wholesale Marketing

11:00 – 11:45 am: Farm to Institution

1:15 – 2:00 pm: Wholesale Marketing 


Lorin Fahrmeier, Farm to Institution Project 

Anna Williams, Bolivar School District 

Alicia Ellingsworth, Kansas City Food Hub 

Katie Nixon, Green Gate Family Farm 


Hunger and the Community

Hunger and the Community

11:00 – 11:45 am: Community Food Projects  

1:15 – 2:00 pm: Local Program Innovations 


Maile Auterson, Springfield Community Gardens

TBA, Nourish KC

TBA, Ozarks Food Harvest  


Food System Reliance

Food System Reliance

11:00 – 11:45 am: Alternative Farm Enterprises 

1:15 – 2:00 pm: Shaping Food Policy  


Curtis Milsap, Milsap Farm 

Chris Hoeme, Diamond H Grass & Cattle Ranch 

Beth Low-Smith, Kansas City Food Policy Coalition 

John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus, UMC