National Farm to Cafeteria Conference

The conference is expected to draw more than 1,000 farmers, producers, educators, school food service professionals, parents, business leaders and OSU Extension experts. It is part of an effort to get more fresh, locally grown and produced foods into more school cafeterias and increase farmers’ economic opportunities, said Carol Smathers, an OSU Extension field specialist and director of Ohio Farm to School.

The conference will include speakers, workshops, poster presentations, field trips and several short courses. The event will also include a pre-conference forum April 25 to highlight Ohio’s Farm to School program and will focus on emerging issues, unique opportunities, challenges and barriers, and policy development, said Amy Fovargue, youth wellness program coordinator for Farm to School.