Collaboration and Innovation Across the Food System

UVM and The Food Systems Graduate Program will host the annual meetings of the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS) and the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society (AFHVS) June 18-22, 2014.

In this post, guest blogger Serena Parnau, from the UVM Food Systems Graduate program, provides an overview of the conference, how it will highlight Vermont innovations and successes, and ways you can join in.

AFHS-logo-jpgThe event is organized to provide colleagues and food systems advocates with a site for constructive, in-depth discussions of current agricultural and food systems issues in the broadest social, cultural, economic, ethical and aesthetic context. It also presents a wonderful opportunity to showcase Vermont’s innovative sustainable food movement to over 500 members from two international professional societies.

This year’s conference theme, Collaboration and Innovation Across the Food System, will use panel and poster presentations, lightning talks, outreach sessions and workshops to explore complex issues, including:

  • food security and access in our institutions, cities and rural communities
  • political and economic implications of the contemporary food system
  • social and cultural relationships that are shaped around food, and
  • Community initiatives that strive to strengthen the local food movement

diane-headshotKeynote Speaker:  We are also pleased to have Diane Imrie, Director of Nutrition Services at Fletcher Allen Health Care (FAHC), as our keynote speaker. Diane has successfully transformed FAHC’s food service program, and she continues to pursue innovative projects that advance the goal of food systems sustainability, which serve as a model for other institutions.

Conference Tours: Tours are one of the highlights of this annual gathering.  We will embark by foot, bike and bus to Vermont farms, community gardens and local businesses to hear first-hand how Vermont’s food movement is at the forefront of innovation and collaboration.

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities:  Does this sound like a good venue for advertising your business or organization? If you would like more information about sponsorship or exhibit opportunities, please contact Serena Parnau,

Conference registration will begin March 15.  For more information, visit the Conference website:


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