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Thursday, November 20
 

5:00pm

Networking Happy Hour
Limited Capacity seats available

Make sure to come hungry to our kick-off even - a happy hour at Durham's Bull City Burger! Bull City Burger and Brewery is a locally owned, independent farm-to-fork restaurant and craft brewery located at 107 East Parrish Street in downtown Durham, NC

Come out and enjoy great company! There will be complementary beer and lots of appetizers for you to munch on! We hope to see you there!

Thursday November 20, 2014 5:00pm - 7:00pm
TBD Durham, NC
 
Friday, November 21
 

7:30am

Check-In
Please arrive early if you would like to enjoy breakfast before or during the Keynote! Registration will be in the lobby of the McColl building. Breakfast and the Keynote will be on the 2nd floor of the Kenan Institute.



Friday November 21, 2014 7:30am - 8:00am
McColl Building Lobby

7:30am

Grab Breakfast and Head into Keynote
Limited Capacity seats available

Friday November 21, 2014 7:30am - 8:00am
Kenan Institute Room 204

8:00am

Opening Keynote & Breakfast - Verlasso
Limited Capacity seats available

If you signed up for this session please show up-- space is limited and we have folks on the waitlist. Thank you!
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The Role of Aquaculture in the Future of Food Production

Our food production systems are about to encounter unparalleled challenges.  By mid-century the world's population will increase by 2 billion people.  Additionally, escalating worldwide wealth is leading to changing food desires.  Together these mean food production will need to double in about 30 years.  Current practices won't take us there. Agricultural production consumes 70% of the world's water and 35% of our land.  Aquaculture has the potential to be a substantial contributor to our food future. Its development can and must be built on a foundation of sustainable practices.  As one example of this, Scott Nichols will share new practices developed at Verlasso that allow salmon to be raised in harmony with the environment.


Speakers
avatar for Scott Nichols

Scott Nichols

Director, Verlasso
Scott is a Director at Verlasso ® Harmoniously Raised Fish which raises salmon in Patagonia. He is responsible for Verlasso’s engagement with NGOs, environmental, sustainability and culinary leaders to discover ways to evolve aquaculture to meet the ever-growing demand for fish... Read More →


Friday November 21, 2014 8:00am - 8:45am
Kenan Institute Room 204

9:15am

Food Systems and Technology
Limited Capacity seats available

Is it possible to decentralize our food systems to maximize the interests of producers, eaters, and the environment? More specifically, can we leverage information, technology, and design to narrow the gap between industrial and local food systems? Additionally, are there innovations in biotechnology, hardware or information technology which will make it easier for new players to enter the marketplace? Join this panel, with respresentatives from big agriculture, thes start-up realm, and academia, in exploring these questions!

Moderators
avatar for Arvind Malhotra

Arvind Malhotra

T.W. Lewis Scholar Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
The impact of social media on business; open innovation approaches in innovation tournaments and collaborative communities; and virtual teams are areas of research for Arvind Malhotra. His research projects include studying successful how brands leverage social media for creating... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Taryn Fixel

Taryn Fixel

Founder and CEO, Ingredient1
Taryn is an award winning documentary and investigative journalist who spent eight years creating original programming for CNN and CBS News with Christiane Amanpour, Anderson Cooper, and John King, among others. Her personal mission became the birth of Ingredient 1 – an app made... Read More →
avatar for Larry LeSueur

Larry LeSueur

CEO, WISErg
Larry LeSueur has made a career of maximizing efficiencies in a range of projects in manufacturing, distribution and high technology. Before leaving the corporate world he was most notably, VP of infrastructure with Avanade and General Manager of Windows Server Systems at Microsoft... Read More →
avatar for Joel Lipsitch

Joel Lipsitch

Senior Product Manager, Bayer CropScience
Joel Lipsitch is a Senior Product Manager at Bayer CropScience.  In this role he is the responsible for the ten-year strategy for the company’s horticulture fungicide portfolio in the United States.  He works closely with colleagues in Research and Development, Regulatory Affairs... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Pandya

Ryan Pandya

Founder & CEO, Muufri
Ryan is co-found and CEO of Muufri which makes long life, full flavor, unpasteurized milk,  from scratch. | | Muufri is reinventing the way milk is produced industrially and believes that factory farms, artificial insemination, and automated milking machines are not the way to go... Read More →


Friday November 21, 2014 9:15am - 10:30am
McColl - 2575

9:15am

Incorporating Sustainability into your Strategy
Limited Capacity seats available

What is strategic sustainability? How does a firm create and protect value with its sustainability initiatives? What are some ways to set measurable goals and engage employees? Is it always beneficial to integrate sustainability into a company's brand? This discussion will touch on these key issues as they relate to food and beverage firms, as well offer insight into examples of best and worst practices!

Moderators
avatar for Mike Fenocketti

Mike Fenocketti

President and Founder, Lean Green Wolverine
Mike Fenocketti is President of Lean Green Wolverine, an innovative start-up consulting practice helping nonprofit and triple-bottom-line organizations more effectively complete their missions by improving their business processes. A core practice area is building more sustainable... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Seth Gross

Seth Gross

Founder & CEO, Bull City Burger
avatar for Sam Hummel

Sam Hummel

Director of Outreach and Operations, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council
Sam enjoys the challenge of moving bold visions for a sustainable future from idea to reality. He has contributed to successful initiatives in the fields of higher education, energy and climate, procurement, social justice philanthropy, agriculture and food retailing, and labor rights... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Hutson

Andrew Hutson

Director, Global Value Chain Initiatives, Environmental Defense Fund
Andrew Hutson leads the development and implementation of value chain strategies to reduce the impacts of trade and commerce on ecosystems. His current projects include using private sector leverage to craft deforestation-free supply chains in the Amazon and improve the energy efficiency... Read More →


Friday November 21, 2014 9:15am - 10:30am
McColl - 2350

9:15am

No Supply/No Demand/Lots of Spirit
Limited Capacity seats available

The economic, marketing and supply chain challenges of creating a brand new category of local and organic food can seem insurmountable; the rewards can be nebulous.  Come hear stories from the front line of trying to create the category of Local and Organic Spirits in the cut-throat world of big alcohol from Scott Maitland of Topo Distillery!

 


Speakers
avatar for Scott Maitland

Scott Maitland

Top Of The Hill
Scott Maitland is the founder of Top of the Hill Restaurant, Brewery and Distillery. He began the brewery in 1996 to prevent a chain restaurant from dominating downtown Chapel Hill. Being in the brewpub business in Chapel Hill gave him a real appreciation for the impact locally based... Read More →


Friday November 21, 2014 9:15am - 10:30am
McColl - 2000

9:15am

Refine Your Pitch
Limited Capacity seats available

Entrepreneurs give mock VC pitches and then hear feedback and discuss with targeted audience.

Entreprenuer 1: William Chapman, Seal the Seasons, Co-Founder
http://www.sealtheseasons.com/
Seal the Seasons is a local frozen food company working to bolster rural economies and improve the health of families who live and work within them. By adding value to local agricultural products, our innovative approach helps family farms become more sustainable by introducing their goods into large-scale supply chains. 

Entreprenuer 2: Eric Vandenbrink, GroundTruth, Co-Founder
http://www.tffchallenge.com/team/groundtruth/
GroundTruth improves the flow of information between produce growers and retailers. It allows supermarkets to have more information about what they are buying. It allows growers to make more informed growing decisions based on buyer preferences. Together, these insights enable both growers and retailers to capture more value while reducing food waste. 

Speakers
avatar for William Chapman

William Chapman

Co-Founder, Seal the Seasons
With his background in nutritional biochemistry, William Chapman co-founded Seal the Seasons last spring after participating in Kenan-Flagler's Launch the Venture. He is currently completing his Masters of Public Health in Nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health... Read More →
avatar for Steven Dauphin

Steven Dauphin

Advisor, Food Security Group
Steve has been active in the private markets since 1994, working with funds totaling in excess of $200M. In recent years, his practice has focused on waste biomass energy solutions and more sustainable alternatives to traditional fertilizers. In 2010, Mr. Dauphin presented a market-based... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Nieman

Stephanie Nieman

Associate, SJF Ventures
Stephanie is an associate for a venture capital fund that invests in high growth companies that are positively impacting the world. Representative investment areas include energy & efficiency, smart infrastructure, health & wellness and education. The fund provides equity financing... Read More →
avatar for Erin Ponsonby

Erin Ponsonby

Community Manager, Thought For Food
Erin Ponsonby is the Community Manager for Thought For Food, a global movement dedicated to fixing our broken food system through bold, breakthrough solutions. After working in finance and communications, Erin landed in her current role at Thought For Food where she is working to... Read More →
avatar for Daniella Uslan

Daniella Uslan

Co-Founder, Seal the Seasons
Daniella Uslan co-founded Seal the Seasons last fall after she took an epic train ride across the country with a crowd funded social entrepreneurship incubator train, also known as the Millennial Trains Project. Daniella set out to discover innovative approaches to prevent food waste... Read More →
avatar for Eric Vandenbrink

Eric Vandenbrink

Candidate for MBA, Class of 2015, Duke University, The Fuqua School of Business
Eric is in the final year of his MBA at Duke University, The Fuqua School of Business. Last summer, he interned at DuPont, where he identified and prioritized new product opportunities to support launch of an internal venture in the agriculture industry. Prior to Fuqua, he managed... Read More →


Friday November 21, 2014 9:15am - 10:30am
McColl - 2600

10:45am

Idea Lab - Ingredient1
Limited Capacity seats available

Teams of students will be led on high-energy dives into a strategic challenge for Ingredient1. In this compressed one-hour session, we'll connect creative thinking, directed problem-solving, and the real-world challenges of food start-ups. Design thinking will be presented as both a productive tool and a reflective process.

During this session, we will focus on scaling up, building a vendor base, and messaging for different audiences. 

Speakers
avatar for Taryn Fixel

Taryn Fixel

Founder and CEO, Ingredient1
Taryn is an award winning documentary and investigative journalist who spent eight years creating original programming for CNN and CBS News with Christiane Amanpour, Anderson Cooper, and John King, among others. Her personal mission became the birth of Ingredient 1 – an app made... Read More →
avatar for Erin Ponsonby

Erin Ponsonby

Community Manager, Thought For Food
Erin Ponsonby is the Community Manager for Thought For Food, a global movement dedicated to fixing our broken food system through bold, breakthrough solutions. After working in finance and communications, Erin landed in her current role at Thought For Food where she is working to... Read More →
avatar for Erin White

Erin White

Principal, Founder, Community Food Lab
Erin White is a designer and entrepreneur working for healthy food systems. In 2013 he founded his award-winning international firm, Community Food Lab, to combine design thinking with the urgent need to develop healthy, sustainable food systems. With experience in architecture, urban... Read More →


Friday November 21, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Kenan Institute Room 204

10:45am

How Safe is Your Food?
Limited Capacity seats available

What does food safety really mean? What goes on behind the scenes on the farm and at the restaurant to ensure the food you eat does no harm? How safe is safe enough? What does food safety mean to an industrial vs. local enterprise? Come learn about the issues businesses face when it comes to keeping food safe for consumers. 

Moderators
avatar for Dara Bloom

Dara Bloom

Assistant Professor and Local Foods Extension Specialist, North Carolina State University, Department of Youth, Family, and Community Sciences
Dara Bloom is trained as a Rural Sociologist and has a research/extension appointment focusing on local food systems, with an emphasis on understanding issues of consumer access from a supply chain perspective. Her previous research has explored models aimed at "scaling-up" local... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Agle

Matthew Agle

Extension Associate, Department of Youth, Family, and Community Sciences;Doctoral Student, Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, North Carolina State University
Matt was raised on a produce farm in Western New York. Earning his BS in Food Science at Cornell University (’05), Matt completed 3 internships with Anheuser-Busch focused on brewing, malting, and milling. He was commissioned through Cornell University’s ROTC program as an officer... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Chaifetz

Ashley Chaifetz

Doctoral Candidate, UNC Department of Public Policy; Research Associate, NC State University Department of Youth, Family, North Carolina State University and UNC Chapel Hill
After graduating from the University of Houston, Ashley Chaifetz worked in electoral politics across the country, including New York, Virginia, Texas, and Oregon, participating in all aspects of the campaign, from organizing to fund-raising to campaign management. In 2005, she earned... Read More →
avatar for Ben Chapman

Ben Chapman

Extension Food Safety Specialist and Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University, Department of Youth, Family, and Community Sciences
Dr. Ben Chapman is an assistant professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. At North Carolina State University, Dr. Chapman supports Extension Agents, focusing on consumer, retail and foodservice food safety issues.  Dr. Chapman... Read More →
avatar for Ellen Thomas

Ellen Thomas

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Food, Bioprocessing, and Nutrition Sciences, North Carolina State University
Ellen Thomas is a doctoral student in the Food Science department. She is originially from Fryburg, Pennsylvania and attended Davidson College, where she received a B.S. in Biology. She received her M.S. in Food Science at NC State in 2012. Ellen's research focuses on restaurant servers... Read More →


Friday November 21, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
McColl - 2000

10:45am

The State of our Seafood
Limited Capacity seats available

How far has aquaculture come and what still needs to be done to make this business more sustainable for future generations?

Speakers
avatar for Roxanne Nanninga

Roxanne Nanninga

Founder and CEO, TRUfish
Roxanne is an outgoing environmental professional working in the field of seafood sustainability. She completed her Master of Environmental Management at the Nicholas School of the Environment where she developed an interest in the international business and trade of seafood. Her... Read More →
avatar for Scott Nichols

Scott Nichols

Director, Verlasso
Scott is a Director at Verlasso ® Harmoniously Raised Fish which raises salmon in Patagonia. He is responsible for Verlasso’s engagement with NGOs, environmental, sustainability and culinary leaders to discover ways to evolve aquaculture to meet the ever-growing demand for fish... Read More →


Friday November 21, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
McColl - 2575

10:45am

Food Policy and Health
Limited Capacity seats available

More than 32 million children particupate in the National School Lunch program. In 2012 the USDA announced new rules about these school meals, and school nutrition policy has been in the news a lot since then. (Remember when pizza was considered a vegetable?) What exactly are these policies, and why?  What affects are they having on childrens' health? (Is there a link to the obesity epidemic?) What can be done (by individuals, businesses, and/or government) to reverse these trends? Discuss all this and more during this hour spend with Professor Ammerman!


Speakers
avatar for Alice Ammerman

Alice Ammerman

Director, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; Professor, Department of Nutrition Gillings School of Glob, UNC Chapel Hill
Alice Ammerman’s research activities include design and testing of innovative clinical and community-based nutrition and physical activity intervention approaches for chronic disease risk reduction in primarily low income and minority populations. Her recent research interests focus... Read More →


Friday November 21, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
McColl - 2600

10:45am

Whole Hog NC Presents: The Power of Pork
Limited Capacity seats available

The Whole Hog project aims to shed light on the energy dynamics within the hog industry in North Carolina. Hear Editor-in-Chief Kelly Creedon and Managing Editor Jessie Clark explain their process of exploring the complex set of relationships among those with an economic, environmental, cultural and political stake in the industry.

http://wholehognc.com
 

Speakers
avatar for Jessie Clark

Jessie Clark

Managing Editor, Whole Hog NC
Jess Clark is a journalist and a master's student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UNC Chapel Hill. After she finished her B.A. in English at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, she ended up back in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, where she worked as a... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Creedon

Kelly Creedon

Editor-in-Chief, Whole Hog NC
Kelly is a visual journalist interested in web-first documentary storytelling. Originally from the Jersey shore, she received a B.A. in Communication from Loyola College of Maryland. Her experience includes a range of community-based media and documentary work in Boston, El Salvador... Read More →


Friday November 21, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
McColl - 2350

12:00pm

Lunch
Friday November 21, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
McColl Cafe

1:15pm

Agribusiness in Africa
Limited Capacity seats available

Sponsored by the Global Business Center and the African Business Association.

Is it possible to make money while doing good? And how do we, as individuals, relate to global agriculture markets? There are over 120 million small-scale farmers in Africa today and in order for these farmers to prosper they need access to markets, and these markets need access to flexible investment capital. In this participatory presentation, Mina Shahid will share insights from 5 years of work creating sustainable agriculture markets in Africa that ultimately give small-scale farmers more power.

Speakers
avatar for Mina Shahid

Mina Shahid

Co-Founder, Numida
I’m the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Numida (http://numida.co), a Uganda-based fintech social enterprise that is building the missing digital products that African small businesses need to thrive. Our first product is a free financial management app for Ugandan small businesses. Entrepreneurs... Read More →


Friday November 21, 2014 1:15pm - 2:30pm
McColl - 2350

1:15pm

Launching (and sustaining!) a Successful Venture
Limited Capacity seats available

What does it take to launch a food start-up? How do you set your company's strategic goals and vision and determine your core competence? How do you motivate a team of people to be as decicated to the project as you are? What are key elements of a lasting venture and what is needed to grow and expand that venture whent the time comes? On the reverse side, what is is like for a mature food retailer to work with smaller, new food companies? If you are thinking about launching your own food venture, interested in working for or with one, or just want to hear amazing stories this panel is for you!

Moderators
avatar for Chris Hunt

Chris Hunt

Food Program Director, Sustainable Table
Chris Hunt serves as director of GRACE's food program, Sustainable Table, working to educate consumers about the benefits of sustainable agriculture and developing tools to empower them to improve our food system. Chris provides strategic direction for the food program and oversees... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brian Fauver

Brian Fauver

CFO, A Southern Season
Brian is CFO of A Southern Season - a multi-store specialty retailer considered a premier destination for gourmet foods and specialty products. Southern Season is known for the breadth and quality of its specialty foods, wines, housewares, cookware and more; featuring a retail marketplace... Read More →
avatar for Kim Elena Ionescu

Kim Elena Ionescu

Coffee Buyer & Sustainability Manager, Counter Culture Coffee
As Counter Culture’s Coffee Buyer and Sustainability Manager, Kim Elena constantly strives not only to improve the quality of coffee we are able to buy and roast, but also to develop and strengthen our relationships with producing partners all over the world. One of the main architects... Read More →
avatar for Tina Prevatte

Tina Prevatte

Co-founder & Co-CEO, Firsthand Foods
Tina is convinced that the power of business can be used to solve social and environmental problems. She enjoys working at intersections of socially responsible business and rural economic development. | | Specialties:Business Plan Development and Analysis, Sustainability Consul... Read More →
avatar for Sean Lilly Wilson

Sean Lilly Wilson

Chief Executive Optimist, Fullsteam Brewery
Sean Lilly Wilson is owner and Chief Executive Optimist of Durham, NC-based Fullsteam, a “plow to pint” brewery and tavern. Since launching in 2010, Fullsteam's mission is to pioneer a Southern Beer Economy through the act of commerce, fostering economic opportunity for farmers... Read More →


Friday November 21, 2014 1:15pm - 2:30pm
McColl - 2575

1:15pm

A New Age of Retailing
Limited Capacity seats available

Retailers are starting to take more long-term strategic approaches to value chain partnerships! In particular, some behavior changes have helped farmers persevere through economic and environmental sustainability challenges (from managing the drought in California to developing smallholder farmers in Latin America and Africa). Come hear about this and more as McKinsey's David Fiocco chats with UNC Kenan-Flagler Professor Katrijn Gielens. 

Speakers
avatar for David Fiocco

David Fiocco

McKinsey & Company
David Fiocco is a leader in McKinsey’s Global Agriculture and Sustainability and Resource Productivity Practices, with experience spanning the public and private sectors across the developed and developing world. His work has focused across the value chain in food security and sustainable... Read More →


Friday November 21, 2014 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Kenan Institute Room 204

1:15pm

Global Seafood in the 21st Century: Opportunities for Innovation
Limited Capacity seats available

The farmed vs. wild-caught debate, apps that recommend the most sustainable fish option on a dinner menu, and the many ways to structure fishing regulations! Dialogue around seafood has certainly come a long way in the past 15 years. In this session, Dr. Smith will cover the major trends in seafood production, demand, and international trade and the ways that innovation has shaped the seafood market! Explore three distinct types of innovation in the seafood space: technological, market, and policy. And, learn the ways that innovations in seafood build on one another, and how this creates opportunities for private and social entrepreneurs. 


Speakers
avatar for Martin Smith

Martin Smith

Professor of Environmental Economics in the Division of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Duke Nicholas School
Marty studies the economics of the oceans, including fisheries, marine ecosystems, seafood markets, and coastal climate adaptation. He has written on a range of policy-relevant topics, including economics of marine reserves, seasonal closures in fisheries, ecosystem-based management... Read More →


Friday November 21, 2014 1:15pm - 2:30pm
McColl - 2600

1:15pm

Land Access, Land Security, and Conservation Finance
Limited Capacity seats available

That old notion of the family farm is fading. Each month, African American farmers in particular lose 30,000 acres of land! Come to this session to learn what exactly is happening to our farmers and their land, and what resolutions we are working on. For instance, what are alternative land financing and conservation models that may replace land and farm ownership? What laws protect land and which are contributing to land loss? These are just some of the tough questions we are ready and eager to discuss!
 

Speakers
avatar for David Harper

David Harper

Executive Director, Pee Dee Land Trust
With  25  years  of  experience  in  all  aspects  of  land  conservation  and  farmland  preservation  in rural  and  urbanizing  regions,  David  Harper  has  raised  more  than  $6  million  in  grants  for conservation  planning,  easement... Read More →
avatar for Jillian Hishaw

Jillian Hishaw

Founder and Director, F.A.R.M.S.
As a Midwest native for the past seven years, Ms. Hishaw has worked extensively in the area of environmental education, civil rights, and agricultural policy.  Ms. Hishaw’s dedication to public service is reflected in the 2006 establishment of the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC... Read More →


Friday November 21, 2014 1:15pm - 2:30pm
McColl - 2000

2:45pm

Idea Lab - Verlasso
Limited Capacity seats available

Teams of students will be led on high-energy dives into a strategic challenge for Verlasso. In this compressed one-hour session, we'll connect creative thinking, directed problem-solving, and the real-world challenges of food start-ups. Design thinking will be presented as both a productive tool and a reflective process.

Working within Verlasso's 2015 goals, we will build out strategic plans for bringing Verlasso onto University campuses all over the country! 

Speakers
avatar for Dawn Overby

Dawn Overby

Marketing Manager, Verlasso
I am a recent MBA grad from Wharton. Having a passion for making an impact in the work that I do, I joined the Verlasso team after graduation as the marketing manager. I love to eat salmon and talk about how to ensure that we have food and salmon for many generations to come!
avatar for Erin Ponsonby

Erin Ponsonby

Community Manager, Thought For Food
Erin Ponsonby is the Community Manager for Thought For Food, a global movement dedicated to fixing our broken food system through bold, breakthrough solutions. After working in finance and communications, Erin landed in her current role at Thought For Food where she is working to... Read More →
avatar for Erin White

Erin White

Principal, Founder, Community Food Lab
Erin White is a designer and entrepreneur working for healthy food systems. In 2013 he founded his award-winning international firm, Community Food Lab, to combine design thinking with the urgent need to develop healthy, sustainable food systems. With experience in architecture, urban... Read More →


Friday November 21, 2014 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Kenan Institute Room 204

2:45pm

Before & After the Accelerator: Norm's Farms
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Norm’s Farms for an interactive talk on what it takes to build a local food business in North Carolina.  Learn about why this family business decided to start growing elderberries, how they ended up turning those elderberries into supplements and grocery items, and what partners and resources in North Carolina were instrumental to their success in building a viable business that now sells its products at local businesses like Weaver Street, A Southern Season, and Whole Foods.  Also learn about about how participating in an accelerator program helped Norm’s Farms achieve a 300% increase in monthly revenues in only 3 months.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Lenhardt

Erin Lenhardt

CEO, Norms Farms
Erin is a food entrepreneur interested in sustainability, whole foods, and community health. She dreams of changing the way the world thinks about how food quality impacts health and life. Erin is actively working to influence food culture by supporting the entrepreneurs who are... Read More →


Friday November 21, 2014 2:45pm - 4:00pm
McColl - 2600

2:45pm

Local meets Conventional Supply Chains
Limited Capacity seats available

It is impossible to drive around for too long without seeing a Sysco truck-- the company is huge, and saw over $44B in revenue last year! And with Sysco's US Foods merger, the new company will capture 27% market share. How are smaller scale producers supposed to become a part of and benefit from these national distribution networks that seek to take advantage of economies and scale and put pricing pressure on suppliers? Rebecca Dunn will present on work and research she and colleagues have done around just this issue. Come learn about partnerships and strategies that work (and some that have not worked...) to bring locally-sourced foods into conventional supply chains!  

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Dunning

Rebecca Dunning

Senior Researcher and Project Manager, Center for Environmental Farming Systems North Carolina State University
Rebecca is an agricultural economist and sociologist whose passion is to empower individuals to live purposeful and rewarding lives. She is a senior social science researcher at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems located at North Carolina State University where she manages... Read More →


Friday November 21, 2014 2:45pm - 4:00pm
McColl - 2575

2:45pm

Healthy Food Project Financing
Limited Capacity seats available

The Self-Help Federal Credit Union (SHFCU) is a family of nonprofit organizations whose mission is to create and protect ownership and economic opportunity for all. It is a $583 million Community Development Financial Institution dedicated to providing sustainable loans and responsible financial products for people of modest means, and is one of the fastest growing credit unions in the nation! 

The session in an exciting chance to learn how this successful organization functions, and we will emphasize why and how it lends to healthy food projects across the country. What are the challenges of financing in the food sector? How do people interested in this sector overcome collateral and cash flow challenges? How does, say, a food hub get financed? Explore all this and more!



Speakers
avatar for Mark Overbay

Mark Overbay

Founder, Big Spoon Roasters
Mark Overbay, founder and president of Durham, NC’s Big Spoon Roasters, like most Americans, grew up eating peanut butter, but his conception of the staple spread was transformed in 1999 when working as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zimbabwe. He was awed by a local staple - freshly... Read More →
avatar for Steve Saltzman

Steve Saltzman

Commercial Loan Officer, Self-Help Credit Union
Steve Saltzman leads Self-Help's Healthy Food System Initiative, from lending to organizational strategy. He is responsible for more than $200 million in community development financing for projects supporting healthy food systems, education, commercial real estate and downtown redevelopment... Read More →


Friday November 21, 2014 2:45pm - 4:00pm
McColl - 2350

4:15pm

Closing Keynote & Final Remarks - WISErg
Limited Capacity seats available

If you signed up for this session please show up-- space is limited and we have folks on the waitlist. Thank you!
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Challenging the Norm to Solve America’s Food Waste Problem

The U.S. sends more than 60 billion pounds of food waste to the landfill each year. That’s 18 percent of our total waste stream that could be repurposed if not prevented. Awareness is no longer the issue, especially as municipalities pass food waste mandates pushing citizen and corporate sustainability. The issue is slowness to action and outdated thinking that perpetuates the status quo. The new generation has an opportunity to solve America’s food waste problem, and it all starts with asking a question. Larry LeSueur shares how the team at WISErg used questions to ignite development and implementation of disruptive solutions to our community’s waste problem.


Speakers
avatar for Larry LeSueur

Larry LeSueur

CEO, WISErg
Larry LeSueur has made a career of maximizing efficiencies in a range of projects in manufacturing, distribution and high technology. Before leaving the corporate world he was most notably, VP of infrastructure with Avanade and General Manager of Windows Server Systems at Microsoft... Read More →


Friday November 21, 2014 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Kenan Institute Room 204