Presented by Central Appalachian Network in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture

Sponsored by: the educational foundation of america, foundation for a healthy kentucky, and Sugarbush Valley impact investments

A Fair Food System was a six-part summit series that discussed scalable solutions to creating community food systems. The summit included educational presentations, panel discussions, networking events, and breakout sessions to address community food system issues within Central Appalachia. Summit details are listed below.

CAN had five goals for this Summit:
  1. Facilitate a learning environment regarding the problems related to nutrition security such as healthy food access and affordability.
  2. Engage a coalition of organizations who are working to build and support resilient and accessible community food systems.
  3. Employ targeted technical assistance from the USDA and other qualified providers.
  4. Attract federal, public, and private funding for scalable programs addressing nutrition security in Central Appalachia.
  5. Invite nonprofit partners within Central Appalachia who are working on related projects to join the network.
Summit Structure

A Fair Food System was divided into six one-day sessions. Each day was comprised of 4-5 presentations and breakout sessions related to the focus of that session.

All sessions were held virtually and were open to stakeholders working in the Central Appalachian food system in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

We are very grateful to all of our funders, partners, speakers & Summit attendees for helping to make this Summit Series a great success!

Summit Series Recap

Summit One — Local Food Value Chains: Creating Health and Wealth: Priority Areas & New Opportunities; Case Model of a Healthy Food Value Chain: The Appalachian Accessible Food Network; Local Food Value Chains through an Equity Lens
July 28, 2022 9:00AM–1:00PM EST, Summit One Recap



Summit Two — Agricultural Innovations & Resources for Farmers: Ag Innovator Spotlight: Jason Tartt, Sr. of T&T Organics and Economic Development Greater East (EDGE); Agriculture and Local Food Economics in the Appalachian Region, ARC; Ag Innovator Spotlight: Maggie Bowling, Old Homeplace Farm; Beginning Farmer Programming Panel
August 25, 2022 9:00AM–1:00PM EST, Summit Two Recap



Summit Three — Climate Resilience, Climate Smart Agriculture & Disaster Response: USDA Disaster Response; Eastern Kentucky Flood Response; Nonprofit Response to Eastern Kentucky; Climate Resilience & Climate Smart Agriculture; Philanthropy Partners in Resilience
September 22, 2022 9:00AM–1:00PM EST, Summit Three Recap



Summit Four — Community-Based Solutions to Address Food Insecurity in Central Appalachia: Free Farmers Markets in Eastern Kentucky; Food Access Programs Serving Central Appalachia; Community Empowerment; Health Care & Funders for Healthy Food Access
October 27, 2022 9:00AM–1:00PM EST, Summit 4 Recap



Summit Five — Processing, Aggregation, Distribution & Investments: Summit Impacts Summary; Overview of PAD (Processing, Aggregation, Distribution); Keynote Appalachian Harvest; Meat Facilities panel, Investments in Infrastructure
January 26, 2023 9:00AM–1:00PM EST, Summit 5 Recap



Summit Six — Capstone Summit: Goals and Impacts of Summit Series; USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Programs, CAN project funding through USDA LAMP Investment; Recommendations from Our Fields: Farmers on Farm Policy; Funders Investing in Food System Solutions; Regional and State Policy Recommendations for a Fair Food System
March 23, 2023 9:00AM–1:00PM
EST, Summit 6 Recap



Please contact Meggan or Kayla with any questions.

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, The Educational Foundation of America and Sugarbush Valley Impact Investments share the Central Appalachian Network’s (CAN) goal of improving access to healthy food for underserved communities and will sponsor the CAN and USDA Community Food Systems Summit: A Fair Food System: A Summit on Scalable Solutions to Creating Community Food Systems.