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 is a six-part summit series that will discuss scalable solutions to creating community food systems. The summit will include educational presentations, panel discussions, networking events, and breakout sessions to address community food system issues within Central Appalachia. Topics include Local Food Value Chains, Climate Resiliency, Healthcare, SNAP Incentive Programs, and Food Policy.

CAN has 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 is divided into six one-day sessions. Each day will be comprised of 5-6 presentations and breakout sessions related to the focus of that session.

All sessions will be held virtually and are open to stakeholders working in the Central Appalachian food system in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The Summit is free, but space is limited and registration is required. [Please register here. LINK]

Topics and Timeline

Day One — Local Food Value Chains: Creating Health and Wealth
July 28, 2022 9:00AM–1:00PM EST

Time   Topic   Presenters
9:00–9:40   Welcome and roadmap for the overall Summit including an overview of CAN goals and active working groups. Leslie Schaller, ACEnet
Martin Richards, CFA
Kathlyn Terry Baker, Appalachian Sustainable Development
Atlas Charles, Rural Support Partners
9:40–10:00   Priority Areas & New Opportunities TBD, USDA
10:00–11:00   Case Model of a Healthy Food Value Chain: The Appalachian Accessible Food Network Tom Redfern & Molly Sowash, Rural Action
Maribeth Saleem Tanner, Community Food Initiatives
Devra Roberts, Appalachian Accessible Food Network / ACEnet
11:00–11:30   Active Break: How are you strengthening healthy food value chains? Jennifer Weeber, Community Farm Alliance
11:30–12:20   Local Food Value Chains through an Equity Lens

  • CFA Moderator: Martin Richards
  • Farmer:
  • Processor: Victoria Taylor, Snowville Creamery
  • Market Partner: Shelley Keeney, The Wild Ramp
12:20–12:50   Call to Action: Deep dive in the 3 working groups and provide next steps to become an active participant CAN FSAWG Leaders
Break-out sessions followed by group discussion.
12:50–1:00   Wrap-up & Highlights for Next Session Leslie Schaller, ACEnet


Local Food, Producer Pay, Market Connections, Land Access, and Community Food Systems — TBA (This was previous day 2 – still the same?)

Day Two — Local Food, Producer Pay, Market Connections, Land Access, and Community Food Systems
August 25, 2022 9:00AM–1:00PM EST
[Agenda Link]
[Register Link]

Day Three — Topic TBA
September 22, 2022 9:00AM–1:00PM EST

Day Four — Topic TBA
October 27, 2022 9:00AM–1:00PM EST

Day Five — Topic TBA
November, day/time TBA

Day Six — Topic TBA
December, day/time TBA

Please contact [NAME/EMAIL] with any questions.


Link to USDA page discussing these summits?