SUMMIT AT A GLANCE

Tuesday, October 15th


8:00 am        Registration and Breakfast

  

8:45 am        Welcome
  • Seth Goldman, TeaEO Emeritus, Honest Tea; Executive Chair, Beyond Meat

  • Beverley Wheeler, Director, DC Hunger Solutions; Summit Co-Chair

9:15 am         Evolving Demographics & Consumer Demand

As the makeup of our region changes, the food supply chain is working to keep up with changing consumer demand. In this session, we will hear two perspectives about how consumer demand, economic development, and gentrification are shaping our region’s food economy.

  • Radha Muthiah, President & CEO, Capital Area Food Bank 

  • Philip Gottwals, Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland; Principal, ACDS Consulting

  • Facilitator: Haile Johnston, Co-Founder, The Common Market

10:00 am       Chesapeake Breakthrough

During each Chesapeake Breakthrough, we will invite leaders to the stage to announce new initiatives poised to make real impact on our region’s supply chain.

  • Introduction: Jodie McLean, CEO, EDENS 

  • Jeff Grass & Chef Chris Kyler, HUNGRY

 

10:20 am       Coffee & Tea Break

 

10:45 am       Solutions Sessions

These roundtable discussions will engage participants in discussing solutions for the greatest challenges and opportunities in our regional supply chain. In each session, a host will facilitate and a few lead discussants will help kick off the discussion and share insights from their work throughout. 

Regenerative Production: The Evolution of Our Region’s Food Production Landscape​
Scaling regenerative agriculture practices depends on demonstrating its economic value for farmers and buyers, providing accessible farmer training, instating supportive policies, and expanding consumer demand for it. During this session, will discuss opportunities to expand regenerative agriculture in this region, including through the Million Acre Initiative, a new program that seeks to build a movement of farmers and consumers that transform Maryland agriculture into a regenerative system that improves water quality and farm resilience, is profitable, and helps mitigate climate change. Join this session to discuss opportunities to expand regenerative agriculture in this region.
  • Hosted by: Dena Leibman, Executive Director, Future Harvest CASA

  • Andrea Chu, Manager of Responsible Sourcing & Risk Management Campbell Soup Company

  • Lisa Garfield, Owner, Calliope Farm

  • Jamie Leeds, Owner & Chef, JL Restaurant Group

  • Brad Blymier, Owner & Co-Founder, War Shore Oyster Company

Regional Distribution: Certifying the Value of Sustainable Food​
Farmers, distributors, and buyers increasingly need to be able to measure, track, and communicate production values to stay competitive in regional markets. Farmers and their distribution partners are exploring ways to do this that go beyond government and third-party certifications, which can be inaccessible or impractical for certain farms. Join us to discuss effective ways that producers, distributors, and buyers can elevate sustainable production practices, acknowledge the environmental challenges of our region, and create a mechanism for local market differentiation. 
  • Hosted by: Alison Grantham, Grow Well Consulting on behalf of The Common Market

  • Amy Bachman, Director of Procurement and Sustainability, DC Central Kitchen

  • Tony Brusco, CEO, South Mountain Creamery                            

  • Rachel Terry, Outreach Associate, The Common Market

Institutional Purchasing: Expanding Regional Sourcing & Access to Healthy Food
Anchor institutions–place-based powerhouses like hospitals and universities–have the ability to leverage their purchasing power to strengthen their communities. By partnering with community leaders, they can increase economic vitality, open doors for residents to access healthy food, and support regional farms. This discussion will engage procurement stakeholders on ways to leverage the purchasing power of anchor institutions to scale up efforts to support farms and communities, and to do so in a way that addresses inequity and embraces and promotes community values.  Join us to discuss ways to leverage the purchasing power of anchor institutions, scale up efforts to support farms and communities, and do so in a way that addresses inequity and embraces and promotes community values.  
  • Hosted by: Kristen Markley, Mid-Atlantic Regional Program Coordinator, Health Care Without Harm

  • Audrey Johnson, Senior Program Manager of Supplier Diversity and Economic Impact Strategy, Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States

  • Kevin Warner, Sustainable Agriculture Manager, SCS Global Services

  • Angelo Bizzarro, Chairman, FoodService Partners

  • Chris Bradshaw, Founder & Executive Director, Dreaming Out Loud

Community Empowerment: Mobilizing Support for Grassroots Led Solutions​
In order to move our food system forward, we must grow economic opportunities for frontline communities and support the development of people-led, community-based solutions. To make this a reality, people doing powerful and transformative work in their respective communities need support to drive this positive change in their communities. Join this session to discuss how our food system can be shaped by the people living and working on it every day.
  • Hosted by: Beth Schermerhorn & Aleya Frasier, Co-Chair, Chesapeake Foodshed Network’s Community Ownership, Empowerment, and Prosperity (COEP) Action Team 

Growing Good Jobs: The Foundation for a Strong Local Economy​
A strong food economy depends on meaningful employment and economic mobility for the food chain workers that keep it running. Targeting the issues that lead to turnover and limit mobility are critical to ensuring a strong workforce and more resilient communities. Join leaders from government, businesses, and nonprofits to discuss how we can build sustainable career pathways in the food sector that are win-wins for workers and employers.
  • Hosted by: Alexander Justice Moore, Chief Development Officer, DC Central Kitchen

  • Ona Balkus, Food Policy Director, DC Office of Planning

  • Dan Simons, Founder & Co-Owner, Farmers’ Restaurant Group  

  • Patricia Funegra, Founder, La Cocina VA 

12:00 pm      Lunch: Good Food Court

Enjoy food from HUNGRY’s local chefs while connecting with fellow Summit participants.

1:00 pm        Plenary Discussion: Financing a Good Food Supply Chain – Leveraging Investment, Philanthropic,
  and Government Capital

Achieving a large-scale vision will require large-scale resources from businesses, funders, investors, and government. Hear from those investing in our supply chain about how they are putting capital to work. 

  • Chris Adamo, Vice President of Federal and Industry Affairs, Danone North America

  • Laura Markley, Director of Investments & CFO, NRV

  • Councilmember Craig Rice, Montgomery County Council (pending)

  • Facilitator: Jeff Cherry, CEO, Conscious Venture Lab; Managing Partner; Conscious Venture Fund

1:40 pm        Chesapeake Breakthrough

During each Chesapeake Breakthrough, we will invite leaders to the stage to announce new initiatives poised to make real impact on our region’s supply chain.

  • Introduction: Tatiana Torres, Director of Community Affairs for the National Capital Area, CareFirst

  • Lillie Rosen, Deputy Director, DC Greens

  • Jillian Griffith, Nutritionist, Giant

  • Ashley Perry, Senior Vice President, Socially Determined

 

1:50 pm        Coffee & Tea Break

 

2:00 pm        Solutions Sessions

We will repeat the topics from the morning Solutions Sessions to offer participants the chance to engage in a second discussion.

Regenerative Production: The Evolution of Our Region’s Food Production Landscape​

Regional Distribution: Certifying the Value of Sustainable Food​
Institutional Purchasing: Expanding Regional Sourcing & Access to Healthy Food
Community Empowerment: Mobilizing Support for Grassroots Led Solutions​
Growing Good Jobs: The Foundation for a Strong Local Economy​
3:15 pm         Coffee & Tea Break
3:30 pm         Innovator Spotlights: Building a Supply Chain that Works for Everyone 

Hear from entrepreneurs, advocates, and nonprofit leaders from communities of color and other under-resourced communities about how there are driving solutions in support of their own communities. We’ve heard from many participants that are eager to hear about more solutions led by those that they intend to serve, and you won’t want to miss these community-based drivers of food access, workforce development, and environmental justice. 

  • Moderator: Melissa L. Jones, Creator, FoodTalksNColor; Host, Edible Activist Podcast

4:00 pm         Closing Panel: A Vision from Farm to Fork – What a Strong Regional Supply Chain Looks Like

Leaders representing different supply chain perspectives will take the stage to share reflections from the day and present their vision for a more sustainable, equitable, and nutritious regional supply chain.  

  • Hugo Mogollon, Executive Director, Community Foodworks

  • Alex Echols, Agriculture Program Director, Campbell Foundation

  • Facilitator: Jacquelyn Davis, CEO, Bainum Family Foundation 

4:40 pm         Closing Remarks
  • Eric Kessler, Coordinator, WRFF

  • Celeste James, Director, Community Health, Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States

4:45 pm         Whole Foods Market Good Food Reception

To end the day, we’ll move outside to enjoy great food and drink from Whole Foods Markets’ local vendors while making new connections and discussing how to advance the solutions highlighted today.

6:00 pm         Summit Ends

The Chesapeake Food Summit is an unique opportunity for our region’s food system leaders to come together as one community to form new relationships within the food sector, share the latest innovations, and build on the great work already happening to strengthen the Chesapeake region’s growing food economy.

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