Registration is being accepted for the Louisiana Farm to School Conference to be held Oct. 24 at Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

“The statewide conference is a forum for attendees to be more familiar with the three aspects of farm-to-school activities — school gardening, education and local food procurement — as well as have an opportunity to learn from successful programs in the state and provide a forum to network,” LSU Agricultural Center professor Carl Motsenbocker said.

School administrators, teachers, farmers, food service distributors, government officials, policymakers, nonprofit partners, students and anyone interested in the Louisiana Farm to School movement is encouraged to attend, a news release said.

Two parallel tracks are offered: “Connecting School Gardens with the Curriculum” and “Producer and Child Nutrition Procurement.” The school gardens track includes sessions on best practices for school gardens, connecting menus with the seasons and agriculture education, and success stories from Lafayette Parish teachers and high school agriculture operations. The producer and child nutrition track covers local purchasing experiences and methods, food safety, local sourcing and a buyers’ panel.

The keynote speaker is Ben Burkett, recipient of the 2014 national James Beard Leadership Award. His 40-plus years of experience include heading the Mississippi Association of Cooperatives within The Federation of Southern Cooperatives, president of the National Family Farm Coalition, member of the La Via Campesina Food Sovereignty Commission and board member of the Community Food Security Coalition.

The conference is offered through LSU AgCenter in partnership with the State Department of Education, Pennington and the Louisiana Farm to School Network.

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