Registration open for the S.D. Local Foods Conference

The South Dakota Local Foods Conference is back in person this year at the Sturgis Community Center on Nov. 17-19, 2022. This year’s conference will kick off Thursday evening with a mixer at the Sturgis Brewing Company, followed by a weekend of presentations by agricultural experts in our region.

Register here.

This annual conference is organized by a collaboration between Dakota Rural Action, SDSU Extension, South Dakota Specialty Producers Association, and others. We are proud to support our local producers, consumers, and the communities they sustain.

We are particularly excited to announce one of our keynote speakers, Hannah Breckbill of Humble Hands Harvest. Breckbill crafted her farm in an intentional celebration of its embeddedness in and reliance upon a place-based community. Now in her tenth season, she has experience with all scales of community building: from the intimacy of a household or business partnership to the spiritedness of a weekend gathering to the complexity of a local food web.

Breakbill will share stories and insights from her career of bringing people together to create a better world in her presentation: “Relying on Each Other: The Practice of Community.” We are thrilled to hear from Hannah not once, but twice! She will also host a breakout session on “Adding Livestock to a Vegetable Farm.”

Along with several panel presentations, including a Chef Panel, Farm to School Panel, and Seed Saving panel, some of our other breakout presenters include:

  • Barbara Cromwell (Black Hills Farmers Market) – “SNAP and Incentive programs at Farmers Markets”
  • Nick Hernandez (Makoce Agriculture Development) – “Regenerating a local food system on the Pine Ridge Reservation”
  • Rhoda Burrows & Kristine Lang (SDSU Extension) – “Soil Health & Cover Crop Management for Vegetable Production”
  • Darin Waldner (Waldner Farms) – “A Mechanical Engineer’s Approach to Gardening

Conference attendees will enjoy locally-sourced breakfasts & lunches catered by chef Travis Bartels of Sturgis, SD and have the opportunity to attend a SoDak Grown Dinner on Friday evening catered by chefs Jordan Taylor, Matthew Wilson, and Franky Young.

The Conference will wrap up with an opportunity to tour three farms committed to organic and regenerative practices around the Sturgis area, including Bear Butte Gardens, Belle Valley Ancient Grains, and Moonrise Mountain Ranch.

SDSU Extension’s Peggy Schlechter & Jacey Ellsworth with the S.D. Dept. of Tourism have coordinated a pre-conference agritourism workshop for Thurs., Nov. 17 at the Community Center from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. MT.  This event will address topics such as visitor expectations, collaborations, developing a tour, communications with visitors, and other important action steps!

For more information and to register for this year’s conference, visit our website – sdlocalfoods.org. To get the latest updates, be sure to also follow our Facebook Event Page.

We hope to see you in November!