Local Food Connection: Creating Business Opportunities
The Event

Mark your calendars!

The 8th annual Local Food Connection is happening on Monday, February 3, 2014 at Lane Community College in Eugene. 

The Local Food Connection connects local farmers, ranchers and fishermen with area food buyers (chefs, grocery stores, restaurants, and distributors), creating business opportunities that support and sustain our local food supply system.  The day is filled with a keynote address–this year focusing on distribution– a networking session, workshops, and a fabulous local lunch.  


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The agenda for the 2014 Local Food Connection is filled with opportunities to network, build new relationships, and learn from experts in a variety of fields related to our local food system. Also, don’t miss out on one of the best conference lunches around.  Lane Community College Culinary Art students prepare a feast, all from food donated by local producers.




7:30         Registration begins (continental breakfast provided)

8:30          Welcoming remarks

8:45          Keynote:

Emerald Fruit & Produce, GloryBee Foods, Hummingbird Wholesale, McDonald Wholesale, Organically Grown Company

9:45          Networking Session

11:00       Morning Workshops

  • Growing Demand: The Power of Institutional Food Purchasing
  • Access to Capital
  • Tasting the Local Experience: Culinary Tourism in the Willamette Valley
  • What’s Cooking? Commercial Kitchens
  • Distribution Keynote Discussion Part 1

12:30       Lunch

2:00        Afternoon Workshops

  • Selling to Grocery Stores
  • What the Tweet! How to Make Social Media Work for You
  • Increasing Consumer Demand for Local
  • Local Meat Processing
  • Distribution Keynote Discussion Part 2

3:30      Closing Comments


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Online registration is closed.  There will still be registration available at the door the day of the event.


If you have any questions please contact Katy at katy@cascadepacific.org or call 505-328-0991.

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