nsfoodsummit2016REGISTER NOW for the 4th Annual North Shore Food Summit, which takes place on September 22 at Waimea Valley. Visit northshoreland.org to register and for more information. Also don’t forget to SPREAD THE WORD to those who might be interested!

The summit will cover the theme of “Community Food, Community Water” through dynamic keynote presentations, informative panel discussions, and unique field trips. Some of the highlights of this year’s summit include:

-Morning Keynote presentation on the Pre-Contact Cultural Landscape of Waialua by Scott Kikiloi, PhD, Assistant Professor of Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
-Morning Panel Discussion on Water Resources and Management faciliated by Professor Denise Antolini, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law
-Panel Discussion of emerging North Shore farmers who have benefitted from their ongoing participation in the North Shore Food Summit and other programs which support up-and-coming farmers in Hawaiʻi
-Lunchtime Keynote presentation on the Slow Money Network by Carol Peppe Hewitt, Founder of Slow Money North Carolina and Author of Financing Our Food-shed
-Four exciting field trip options to food and water-related sites across the North Shore
-Delicious and locally sourced continental breakfast, lunch, and appetizers– breaks also provide great opportunities for networking

Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation
Ulupono Initiative
Kokua Hawaii Foundation
Waimea Valley
Mālama Loko Ea
FarmLovers Farmers’ Markets



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