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South Dakota Local Foods Conference in Spearfish, Nov. 2-4  

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The 2017 South Dakota Local Foods Conference (SDLFC) is scheduled for Nov. 3-4 at the Spearfish Holiday Inn Convention Center in Spearfish, SD. In addition, Thursday, Nov. 2 offers several in-depth pre-conference sessions and tours.

Pre-Conference Schedule

Conference Schedule 

This conference provides educational programming and networking opportunities for producers, chefs, grocers, nutrition programs, consumers, local food enthusiasts, and resource providers of specialty crops and other local food products. Anyone with an interest in local foods is encouraged to attend.
Event Details:
Keynote Speaker:
Chef Deborah Madison, a chef, cooking instructor and cookbook author. Her keynote "If I Were Visiting South Dakota, What Would I Want to Eat?” will discuss the importance of regional foods to a place and why they can be compelling to visitors. She will provide attendees with ideas for showcasing local foods.  
Pre-Conference Sessions and Tours:
Held on Nov. 2. These sessions require advance registration and fees are separate from the conference registration. 
Sessions in Spearfish:
- Resources & Technical Assistance
- Local Foods & Healthcare (farm tour included)
- Farm to School: Learning the Basics of Local Food Procurement (farm tour included)
- SNAP at Farmers Markets
- Fruit Growing in the Upper Great Plains
- 12-Month Greenhouse 
Session in Rapid City:
- Held Nov. 1- Organic Weed Control for Small Growers, with farmer and consultant Atina Diffley
Full Conference:
Held Nov. 3-4, offers marketing, production, health, and business tracks. (Schedule)
Nov. 3 will feature ‘How to Make Local Food a Destination in Your Community’ with Tallgrass Landscape Architecture’s Matt Fridell & Tanya Olson.
Additional breakout sessions include: Online Marketing, Local foods & tourism, Fruit growers & wine, Meat & dairy goats, Tribal Local Food Initiatives, Food sovereignty, Workamping & interns, & Farm to school networking.
Nov. 4 breakout sessions include: Ancient grains, Farm stands, Growing organic, Hydroponics, Creating value added products, Chefs panel, Brewer’s Panel, Xanterra Sustainable Initiatives at Mt. Rushmore, Soils, Farm record keeping, Local foods in communities, Food hubs, Agri-tourism and more!
Other Events:
Other components of the conference include vendor booths and meals using local foods.  
Nov. 2: A free evening film, ‘Seeds, an Untold Story,’ sponsored by Black Hills State University Sustainability Program.
Nov. 3 Evening:  ‘Dine & Discover,’ social event, featuring chef & producer food pairings (appetizers), SD beverages and networking. The social will have a separate registration fee.  
Click here to register and complete your online payment for any of the pre-conference sessions and the conference.
A block of rooms with the special conference rate is available by calling the Spearfish Holiday Inn at 605-642-4683.  
Partners & Sponsors:
The Local Foods Conference is sponsored by a collaboration of partners including the South Dakota Specialty Producers Association, SDSU Extension, South Dakota Department of Agriculture, Dakota Rural Action, USDA Rural Development, South Dakota Small Business Development Center, SD Value Added Ag Development Center, Xanterra, Good Earth Natural Foods, American Culinary Federation Black Hills Chapter of Professional Chefs, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, SARE, Ecotone Foundation, Best Day Farms, Black Hills Food Hub, Spearfish Local, Visit Spearfish, and Black Hills State University Sustainability Program.  
Direct any questions to conference organizers at or 605-681-6793. Visit South Dakota Local Foods Conference Event.