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Growth of Local Food Economy Focus of Oct. 18 U of I-Hosted Boise Conference

August 31, 2018

Experts, advocates and educators for more vibrant local food systems will join Idaho community leaders to discuss challenges and opportunities to strengthen local food economies during a conference Oct. 18 in Boise.

The conference, Balancing Profitability and Access in Local Food Systems, will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Riverside Hotel at 2900 W. Chinden Blvd. University of Idaho Extension will host the conference with support from Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education. Participants will explore economic approaches to cultivate a local food economy, create jobs and invigorate small farms and businesses.


Panelists from across Idaho will examine ways to bring more locally produced foods to mainstream markets to strengthen small- to mid-sized farms.


Speakers will include Neva Hassanein, a University of Montana professor of environmental studies and author of “Changing the Way America Farms: Knowledge and Community in the Sustainable Agriculture Movement”; and Lauren Gwin, Oregon State University associate director of the Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems.


Registration costs $45 and may be made online at Scholarships are available, and more information is available from U of I Extension educator Lauren Golden at


A discounted room rate is available until Sept. 17 for conference participants by calling the hotel at 208-343-1871.


The conference follows the Oct. 17 Idaho Food and Hunger Summit, also at The Riverside Hotel. More about the summit is available at

Media Contact:

Lauren Golden

University of Idaho Extension Educator


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