Food Summit 2017

The Value of Local Food: Community, Culture and Commerce

Thank you to the 134 people who attended the 2017 Food Summit! Here are the highlights.


Date: January 27, 2017, @ The 1912 Center, Moscow, ID

Introductory KeynoteCultivating a Culinary Culture: The Walla Walla Story, Dr. Steven Van Ausdle

Student Poetry PerformanceKids at the Table – Palouse Prairie Charter School, Middle School Students 

Lunch Keynote Economic Impact Study Farmers Market, Steve Peterson, UI Business School

A link to the report of the Economic Impacts of the Moscow Farmers Market, Steve Peterson, UI Business School

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Video presentations from One Sky One Earth Food Coalition:




The 2017 Food Summit, themed The Value of Local Food: Community, Culture and Commerce, highlighted local food businesses, connected participants with foods that are available locally, discussed gaps in our food system and how to increase local food access for underserved populations and provided time for action-oriented planning and networking.  Presentations were interspersed with art and entertainment.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Steven VanAusdle, President Emeritus of Walla Walla Community College, honored recipient of the WSU Alumni Achievement Award, and the United States White House Appointed Champion of Change spoke on “Creating a Culinary Culture: The Walla Walla Story.” Dr. VanAusdle has been a pioneer for fostering a culture of innovation and entrepreneurism on college campuses and within the communities they serve.

Our second keynote, Assistant Professor Steve Peterson from the University of Idaho College of Business and Economics, presented his research findings on the economic impact of the Moscow Farmers Market.

Tiffany Midge, the City of Moscow’s Poet Laureate, recited poetry thematic of this year’s Summit.   Seventh graders from Moscow’s Palouse Prairie Charter School shared a Haiku-inspired reflection on the Value of Local Food.

The event included a documentary team for Food StoryCorps, and conference participants were invited to audio-record memories and personal stories about their connection with food.  Selected stories will be uploaded to the Palouse-Clearwater Food Coalition’s StoryCorps Community page and archived through the American Folklife Center, the U.S. Library of Congress and the Latah County Historical Society.  Additional opportunities for participating in Food StoryCorps will happen throughout 2017 (watch the PCFC website and Facebook page for dates & locations).





The Palouse-Clearwater Food Summit is made possible by: the Palouse-Clearwater Food CoalitionUniversity of Idaho ExtensionAmeriCorps VistaWSU Center for Civic EngagementBackyard HarvestWestern Center for Sustainable Agriculture Research & EducationPNW Farmers Co-opThe Moscow Food Co-opRural Roots, Southeast Washington Economic Development Association, Avista and numerous community members and volunteers.

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