Southeast Ohio Farm to School Conference Registration Now Closed!


Registration for 2016 Southeast Ohio Farm to School Conference: Partnerships and Innovations for Successful Farm to School Programs is now open!



Join Southeast Ohio food system partners for the 2016 Southeast Ohio Farm to School Conference! Gather for a two-day, extensive conference that will cover all things Farm to School! Ohio Continuing Education Units Available.

Thursday March 3 & Friday March 4, 2016
Eclipse Company Store | 11309 Jackson Drive, The Plains, OH 45780


Cost for the conference is $30/day with limited scholarships available. Please see below for scholarship information!

Topics Covered will include:

  • Farm to School Procurement
  • School Gardens
  • Food Safety
  • Food Service Staff Training
  • Sourcing Local Food
  • Healthy Food Curriculum
  • Food Policy
  • and MUCH MORE!


These Southeast Ohio food partners have worked together on local food initiatives for decades, bringing economic viability and healthy home consumerism to Southeast Ohio families. Their work with farm to school lunches, school gardens, healthy cooking classes, farmer education, and regulation technical assistance has made them experts in Farm to School programming. At this Farm to School Conference, these four organizations will welcome regional partners and other experts in the field to come share their experiences, and speak about the struggles and successes of farm to school work.


Conference Sessions


Preliminary Session Schedule Overview Now Available!


2016 Conference Schedule Overview


Daily Schedules, Guest Speakers, and extended Session information will be made available on this page when finalized.


Keynote Speaker: Chef Katie McGushin



The conference keynote will take place Thursday, March 3 at 1:00 and will be given by Chef Katie McGushin, Program Director for the School of Hospitality at Hocking College. In addition to teaching a variety of Culinary, Baking, and Hospitality Management classes, she also advises the student “Epicurean Club,” and coaches the school’s Knowledge Bow. Chef McGushin works with the Rural Action Farm to School program, and coordinates a partnership between Rural Action and Hocking College that encourages local schools to purchase local produce and assists in the local economic development of the area. She has been instrumental in helping Appalachian schools utilize fresh, local produce in their cafeterias.




A block of rooms has been set aside at:
Fairfield Inn & Suites
924 E State St, Athens, OH 45701
(740) 589-5839
Mention “Southeast Ohio Farm to School Conference” and get a discounted room rate.
Discount will end 2/3/16



Limited Number of Scholarships Available. Please Apply for Scholarships before registering for this event! Scholarship information can be found here: Scholarship Information.


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