Growing Connections Food Summit

We invite you to join us at the 2024 Growing Connections Food Summit at Grand Valley State University, in partnership with the Kent County Food Policy Council.  

The Growing Connections Food Summit brings together West Michigan farmers, businesses, community organizations, educators, and students to develop and strengthen community partnerships and explore solutions for local, sustainable, food economies. Click here to view the program for this years summit.

The Growing Connection Food Summit will take place on Friday, February 2, 2024 in the Loosemore Auditorium on the Pew Campus.

You must RSVP to attend this event, and space is limited.  RSVP here.

Presentation at a previous food summit
Presenter at a previous food summit
Presentation with slides at a previous summit


  • 11:00-11:45 Registration, Networking, and Exploring Community Tables
  • 11:45-12:00 Welcome & Overview of the Event
  • 12:00-1:00 Keynote Speakers
    • 12:00-12:15 Lindsey Scalera - Michigan Good Food Charter
    • 12:15-12:30 Carlos Calderon - USDA Urban Agriculture Initiative 
    • 12:30-12:45 Zyra Castillo - Kultura Education Center
    • 12:45-1:00 Q&A (Combined)
  • 1:00-2:00 Soup & Salad Lunch and Roundtable Discussions
  • 2:00-3:00 Panel Discussion on Restorative Justice and Food
    • Moderator:  Christina Mpilo (Senior Managing Director, Soul Fire Farm)
    • Panelists:  Eric Freeman (President, Mindset Meals), Rev. Nurya Love Parish (Executive Director, Plainsong Farm), Myriah Williams (Member of Pokagon Band of Potawatomi)
  • 3:00-3:30 Closing and Additional Time for Exploring Community Tables

Please email Yumi at [email protected] if you have any questions.

We hope to see you there!

Getting There

For driving directions to our Grand Rapids campus, please visit

The event will be taking place in the Loosemore Auditorium, which is located in building E of the Richard M. DeVos Center (labeled DEV on the map below).

Validated parking for the event will be available in the Seward Parking Lot Ramp (labeled SPL on the map below).  The booth attendant will have parking passes at the booth for you to display in your windshield. Please be sure to stop at the booth.



PEW Campus Map

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