Place-Based Food Systems Conference - August 9-10, Metro Vancouver

Place-Based Food Systems 2018: Making the Case, Making it Happen

Metro Vancouver, August 9-10th, 2018


This two-day conference will draw together academics and community leaders to share the latest research and action, building a capacity for place - based food systems. Participants will leave fortified with knowledge and understanding of the latest and best work making the case for place-based food systems, as well as innovative practices putting place-based food systems into action.  The event aims to give participants an empowering vision of the critical role that place-based food systems can and will play in achieving our sustainable economic, ecological, and societal futures, as well as a revitalized dedication to strategic, collaborative, and forceful strategies moving forward. 


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Conference proceedings will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development [JAFSCD].


Keynote presentations: 9 keynote addresses from globally recognized food systems experts will open morning and afternoon sessions.


Keynote speakers:

Wes Jackson, The Land Institute, Salina, KS

Charlotte Coté​, University of Washington

Eric-Holt Giménez, Food First, Oakland, CA

Molly Anderson, Middlebury College, VA

William Rees, University of British Columbia, BC

Pauline Terbasket, Okanagan Nation Alliance, BC

Kimberley Hodgson, Cultivating Healthy Places, BC

Gail Feenstra, UC Davis, CA

John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri, MO

Individual presentations: Over 50 presentations from researchers, NGOs, community practitioners, local governments, educators and more will address the latest research and practice advancing place-based food systems. 

Panels: 4 panels will explore pressing place-based food systems topics from multiple perspectives in longer session formats. Topics include Indigenous ways of teaching, the impact of food policy councils, agroecological possibilities in the Pacific Northwest and place-based food systems in China.

Project showcase:  A poster display will highlight projects and programs taking place across North America and abroad.


Pre-conference Tour: Sites visits to Kwantlen Poltechnic University’s practical agricultural training programs, specializing in small-scale ecological agriculture, will highlight teaching models, key partnerships and programmatic elements of 3 different agricultural education programs in the region.

​Sign up for the conference newsletter for more updates, deadlines etc:




Naomi Robert, MLWS, A.Ag
Research Associate, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
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Tuesday, July 24, 2018