South Carolina Farm to Institution to host Inaugural Summit

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Monday, Aug. 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina Farm to Institution will host an inaugural summit on Tuesday.

The inaugural summit is set for 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the R2i2 Conference Center, 763 Fashion Drive, Columbia. The theme of the summit is Growing Stronger Together.

The main purpose of the summit is to bring together key farm to institution players to encourage local procurement, reinforce healthy eating and local food education and and provide the skills to establish a garden, farmers' market or Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

And, the day will also feature an overview of SC Farm to Institution and the National Diabetes Prevention Program. The keynote speaker is Anupama Joshi, who is the co-founder and executive director of the National Farm to School Network.

What's more, there will be two breakout sessions with separate tracks specific to educators, producers, work sites, food distributors and Diabetes Prevention Program sites. To facilitate "growing stronger together," the afternoon session will exhibit the opportunity for regional networking.

The mission of SC Farm to Institution is to increase access to healthy, local foods and create markets for farmers throughout South Carolina. It is a joint effort between the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, the SC Department of Agriculture, the SC Department of Education, the SC Department of Social Services and Clemson University.

Registration -- which includes a local lunch -- is $10. All participants should bring a healthy canned food item to donate to a state food bank, according to a press release. For more information, including workshop descriptions and how to register, visit  scfarmtoinstitution.com/media/summitscfarmtoinstitution.com/media/summit.