Michigan’s Great Southwest Sustainable Business Forum will host a networking and education luncheon for local professionals interested in advancing a more sustainable local food system on Wednesday, June 7 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Berrien County Conference Center. The event is co-promoted with the Southwest Michigan Local Food Council.

A sustainable community food system integrates food production, processing, distribution, consumption, and waste management to improve the social, environmental, and economic health of its people. Our panel of experts will discuss trends and issues related to sustainability of food purchasing and production in Michigan’s Great Southwest, with lessons for any organization that buys or sells food, and any professional or community member that eats locally.

Speakers include:

  • Heather Cole, Director, Be Healthy Berrien
  • Brendan Molony, Sustainability Coordinator, Bronson Healthcare
  • Janine Oberstadt, LEED Green Associate, Operations Director & Director Corporate Sustainability, Creative Dining Services
  • Garrett Ziegler, Extension Educator, Community Food Systems, MSU Extension Greening Michigan Institute

Register here.

MGSSBF Signature Event: Sustainable Local Food Systems
Wednesday, June 7
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Berrien County Conference Center
2149 E Napier Ave, Benton Harbor, MI 49022
(Adjacent to the new Health Department building)
$15 online / $20 at event Members
$20 online / $25 at event Non-members
Register here.

Event flier (PDF)

Tentative Agenda:
11:30 – Networking and Lunch
12:10 – Welcome and Introductions
12:15 – Program
1:30 – Adjourn