September 8, 2018
Hartford Marriott Hotel & Convention Center
200 Columbus Boulevard
Hartford, CT 06103
Farm to School Pre-Conference
Expanding School Market Opportunities for Farmers & Ranchers
The NASDA Foundation is offering the first-ever Farm to School Pre-conference this year ahead of the NASDA Annual Meeting on Saturday, September 8, 2018. This one-day conference will provide state department of agriculture staff with in-depth sessions focused on increasing farmers’ and ranchers’ sales of products into schools. Sessions will explore training and resources to help farmers sell to schools, working with the DoD Fresh Program, and creating grant programs to accelerate innovation.
Who should attend
The conference is open to all state department of agriculture staff. The information is tailored to staff who administer or work on their state’s farm to school programs or state leadership interested in expanding their farm to school program.
Registration is $150 per person for the event. REGISTER NOW!
A limited number of registration scholarships are available through the NASDA Foundation. For more information, contact Lisa Benson at email@example.com
Email Lisa Benson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (571) 418-0454.
Conference Registration: Continental breakfast provided
Welcome & Introduction
Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky, Connecticut Department of Agriculture
Session 1: Preparing farmers and ranchers to successfully sell to schools
Erin Windham, Connecticut Department of Agriculture
Session 2: Working with USDA Department of Defense (DoD) Fresh Program prime vendors
Gary Gay, North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Session 3: Resources to support statewide farm to school program
Amanda Culp, NASDA
Session 4: Creating statewide grant programs to accelerate innovation
Ali Zipparo, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Session 5: Exploring diverse procurement strategies for farmers & schools
Tricia Kovacs, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service
Session 6 (Optional): Developing grant proposals to expand farm to school in your state
Dr. Lisa Benson & Perry Harlow, NASDA Foundation
NASDA is currently holding a block of rooms at the Hartford Marriott Downtown at the rate of $189/night + 15% tax from September 7-12, 2018.
The deadline to book your room at NASDA’s group rate is 5:00PM EDT Friday, August 10. NASDA's limited block of hotel rooms could sell out well before the August 10 deadline so please reserve your room(s) early! Reservation requests received after the cut-off date will be based on availability at the Hartford Marriott’s prevailing rates.
If you wish to make your reservation over the phone please call the Hartford Marriott directly at 860-249-8000 before the August 10 deadline. Please be sure to mention the NASDA Annual Meeting to receive the group rate.S
Please reach out to Sara Arsenault at email@example.com or by phone at (571) 367-9908 if you have any questions about NASDA's hotel block.
Hotel Reservation Cancellations: You may cancel your reservations within 72 hours prior to the reservation arrival date without penalty.