The 4th annual Farm to Fork Summit is a day of building market and community connections needed to strengthen area farms and secure good food for all.

The day-long event features luncheon keynote speaker Josh Volk, author of best-selling books Build Your Own Farm Tools and Compact Farming.

Interactive sessions through the day focus on starting and growing farm businesses and building farm-fresh foods into everyday rural life, such as farm-to-school marketing and education.

The Summit includes a local food lunch catered by the 2021 world champion Osceola High School Barbeque Team.

Seats are limited. Register early!  

Check out this clip from Farm to Fork Summit 2019

Links to other past events 2019, 2020


Key Event Info

Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022

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

Ticket Price: $35



Organizations pulling together for the event, and for local food and farm development, include

Covid and weather notes

    • PRECAUTIONS: Seats are limited this year to reduce the risk of virus exposure at the Farm to Fork Summit. Masks are welcome. We respectfully request that anyone who feels ill stay at home. 
    • WEATHER PLAN: In the case of inclement weather, the Farm to Fork Summit will take place Tuesday, March 1, instead.
    • PANDEMIC PIVOT: The planning team will monitor COVID-19 infection rates and decide three weeks prior (by Feb. 1, 2022) if pivoting to a virtual format is warranted. 


9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome with Patty Cantrell and Kyle Vickers

9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Morning Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mary Hendrickson –  “Rural Food Values”

Neighborly production and sharing of food is a real force in rural areas like west central Missouri. Building local food’s social, economic, and environmental benefits into the region’s future can be most successful when we recognize and understand this. Community food system expert and University of Missouri professor Mary Hendrickson will share what she has learned through extensive research and grassroots action in rural areas nationwide.

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Morning Breakout Sessions

TRACK: Growing Your Farm – Speaker: Josh Volk – Title: “Compact Farming Strategies”

Profitable farming on five acres or less. It’s possible, and beautiful. This session will get into the details of planning around an area’s water supply, geography, people and other resources to maximize efficiency and productivity while minimizing effort and maintaining resilience.

TRACK: Feeding People Well – Speaker: Dr. Mary Hendrickson – Title: “Food for Well-Being”

Good food is powerful. It’s game-changing, in fact. Learn here the many ways that good food, produced with care for community and land, can transform people and places.

TRACK: Feeding Your Market – Speaker: Elisabeth Spratt & Susan Jaster – Title: “Pastured Meats: From Soils to Sales”

Locally produced, environment-friendly meats are in high demand. Learn how some Midwest ranchers are building a soils-to-sales strategy, from setting up grazing systems to making connections with larger scale buyers of pasture-raised animals and meats.

TRACK: Growing Your Business – Speaker: Tiffany Frost –  Title: “Rural Food Business 101”

From dream to reality, this session will take you through rural food business planning basics and provide examples that will help with next steps.

12:00 – 12:15 p.m. Break

12:15 – 1:30 pm Lunch and Keynote Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Josh Volk – Why Build Your Own Farm Tools?” 

1:30 – 1:45 p.m. Break

1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Afternoon Workshops

TRACK: Growing Your Farm – Speaker: Susan Jaster & Sherri and Wayne Hawkins – Title: “Systems for Grazing Success”

Livestock producers can raise high-value animals at lower cost with rotational grazing systems that provide optimum forage and build soil fertility at the same time. Learn in this session how to set up and operate grazing systems for success with ruminants, from goats and sheep to cattle.

TRACK: Feeding People Well – Speaker: Lorin Fahrmeier, Rachael McGinnis-Milsap & Lacy Stephens – Title: “Farm to School is Happening!”

Getting fresh and healthy foods to kids and building market opportunity for local farms. This is the Farm to School movement. It’s happening all across the country and beginning here in west central Missouri. Learn in this session from Missouri and national farm-to-school practitioners what this beautiful movement is all about, and how it works.

TRACK: Feeding Your Market – Speaker: Dre Gradinariu – Title: “Fruits for Your Farm”

People are hungry for fruit: Blackberries, strawberries, apples, and more! Learn from an area farm that has been working hard to reach and serve this appetite.

TRACK: Growing Your Business – Speaker: Cherie Schenker & Katie Nixon – Title: “Writing and Winning Grants for Farms”

Supporting farms in producing good food and taking good care of the land are among objectives of state and national grants you could tap for your own operation. Learn in this session from farmers who have done it!

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Break

3:00 – 4:00 pm World Café Discussion:Facilitator: Patty Cantrell

Moving forward together is the focus of this popular “World Café” Farm to Fork Summit tradition. Grab a snack, meet some people, and consider community food system needs and opportunities: What is most important to you? Where do we go from here?

Want to sponsor the 2022 Farm to Fork Summit? Download the packet below.

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