5th Annual Real Food Real Local Conference

The 5th annual Real Food Real Local conference will take place July 18th – 20th at The Eclipse Company Store in The Plains, Ohio on Monday & Tuesday and here at ACEnet & select area businesses in Athens, Ohio on Wednesday.

Whether you are a local food entrepreneur, farmer, processor, retailer, or locavore, this event has something for everyone: creative ideas, proven approaches, great connections, plenty of interaction and fun!

This year’s conference will focus on the economic impacts of local/regional food, the development of distribution hubs, retail markets and shared-use facilities. Expect in-depth panel sessions, tour options, engaging workshops and structured networking opportunities… plus great local food!

The Monday keynote speaker will be Sara Eckhouse. Eckhouse serves as Senior Advisor to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, focusing on local and regional food systems and related issues. From 2012 to 2016, she was Chief of Staff at USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), which facilitates the competitive and efficient marketing of agricultural products in domestic and international markets.

The Tuesday keynote speaker will be Anthony Flaccavento. Organic farmer, author, founder of Appalachian Sustainable Development, and president of Scale, Inc., Flaccavento will share some stories from his research on the bottom up economy, and describe six essential transitions he believes we must make to build a healthier, more just and sustainable economy and food system. Following the talk, he will be selling and signing copies of his recently-released book, Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up.


Be sure to check out the 2016 Conference Agenda & click this link to register by July 11th! You can also follow the Real Food Real Local Facebook page for more information & updates!

5th Annual Real Food Real Local Conference

For information on conference scholarpships, please call ACEnet at 740-592-3854 or email Grace Kroeger at gracek@acenetworks.org