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Monday, April 12, 2010

USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan to keynote National Farm to Cafeteria Conference

Exciting news! Kathleen Merrigan, Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture, is confirmed for the conference keynote on the morning of Wednesday, May 19th for the 2010 National Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Detroit. Only a few weeks remain to register for this exciting event! Register now until April 30th!




Taking Root: 5th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
Detroit, MI,  May 17 - 19, 2010

Farm to Cafeteria programs are TAKING ROOT in schools, hospitals, colleges, day care centers, and other institutions.  Come to Detroit and learn about successful models across the country and how you can start and scale up a program in your community.


CFSC has reserved a limited number of double rooms at a lower price than at the Marriott at the Renaissance Center (where the conference is taking place).  Wayne State is about 3.5 miles (30 min bus ride) away – please see this map

Waye State Prices:
1 Night = $52 per person
2 Nights  = $82 per person
3 Nights = $112 per person
4 Nights = $142 per person
5 Nights = $172 per person
*If you are driving, you will need to pay for parking as well.
If you want to stay at Wayne State, please follow this link to a survey and pay online:

You must complete the survey and pay by April 16.



Submit your entries for the Farm to Cafeteria 50x20 slide show The National Farm to School Network is putting together a slideshow to highlight the innovative Farm to Cafeteria projects around the country and provide conference attendees (you!) an opportunity to showcase your work in just 4 easy steps: 1) Upload a picture demonstrating your work; 2) write a caption in 200 characters or less encompassing the farm to cafeteria project. Provide information that you want to share nationally such as statistics about the program, who does it serve, where is it at etc.; 3) Provide your contact information; 4) Preview and Submit. That's it!

Go to: 

To upload your image and share information on your project!

Exhibit hall

Universities, non-profits, government agencies, and for-profit businesses are encouraged to feature themselves in our Exhibit Hall during the conference. Read more at: . The table request deadline is April 23rd.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

Michaelle Rehmann
Farm to Food Service Program Director

Food System Economic Partnership
705 N Zeeb Road * PO BOX 8645
Ann Arbor, MI  48107
Phone:  517.490.6912
Fax:  734.222.3990

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