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Growing Healthy Communities Summit
January 31, 2017
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
U of A at Hope - Hempstead Hall
No registration fee
Register online by January 27, 2017 or call Cindy at 870-784-1944
One of the learning tracks will include our Farmers' Market Vendor and Volunteer Training that we do every January and farmers and other vendors may register for local markets during the meeting. Arkansas Agriculture Department's will also hold its "Local Conversations" to bring together local businesses and growers. The Summit will include free lunch and will close at 6 pm with a Local Foods Tasting and Seed Swap event.
Link to event flyer
Link to event agenda
The day-long summit will be divided into four tracks:
Track 1 - Farmers Market Vendor Training, for vendors and volunteers to learn how to sell and be successful at market. Topics include basics of selling at market, planning and planting, key marketing practices, growing for profit and regulations you must know.
Track 2 - School and Community Gardens, for school and community champions. Topics include innovative school programs and curriculum standards, starting a community garden, addressing community food waste and utilizing available resources.
Track 3 - Built Environment, for policy makers and community activists. How to initiate new built-environment policies for a more livable and vibrant community and vibrant economy, incorporating walking trails, bike paths/lanes, sidewalks and recreation areas.
Track 4 - Worksite Wellness is for employers to learn the benefits of implementing and sustaining an employee wellness program. Topics for discussion will be leveraging existing policies and benefits, establishing baselines and measuring progress, as well as "take home" the tools to get started now.
The Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention (ArCOP) will have funding opportunities ONLY for communities represented at this event. There are funding opportunities for farmer's markets who want to participate in Double Up Food Bucks at their markets, community and school garden seed funds, community stakeholder engagement events for complete streets campaigns and worksite wellness policy, system and environment changes.
Deadline to register for this FREE opportunity is January 27th.
You may register online at
2017 GHC Summit Registration
or call Cindy at (870) 784-1944.
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