A lot has happened in the world since the 17th Annual Michigan Family Farms Conference and many of you have asked about plans for the 2021 Michigan Family Farms Conference. The conference planning team looked to the conference community for insight and to determine the best path to take in this unprecedented time. We have decided to take this year as an opportunity to slow down, reflect, and make necessary changes to better meet the needs of the community of beginning and underserved producers.
During this time of reflection, the Michigan Family Farms Conference planning team will be hosting informal listening sessions with growers, conference attendees, resource providers, and other partners. The intent of these sessions is to figure out what is working and what can be improved. The session feedback will guide the planning team towards creating a more diverse, inclusive, and equity-focused conference with more community representation guiding the way. If you would like more information or to participate in a listening sessions (scheduled from Fall 2020 to Spring 2021) please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 517-709-8271.
The planning committee is always recruiting new team members, in all capacities. Please sign up for our newsletter for announcements about these events and more information about roles on the planning team. You may also email us at email@example.com to let us know you are interested in participating.
Michigan Food and Farming Systems and the Michigan Family Farms Conference planning team look forward to connecting in new ways this year, and returning in 2022 for a reimagined conference.