4th Annual North Shore Food Summit
"Community Food, Community Water"
September 22, 2016
(2014 NSFS Field Trip Participants Learning About Na Mea Kupono Loʻi Kalo)
Thanks to strong community support since 2013, the Annual North Shore Food Summit has successfully launched a grassroots and community-led movement to restore a productive and sustainable regional food system on O‘ahu’s North Shore.
The Fourth Annual North Shore Food Summit built upon this momentum by focusing on the theme of “Community Food, Community Water.” Through a variety of engaging keynote presentations, panel discussions, and field trips, participants explored the intricate connections between food and water, including: the importance of water accessibility to local food production; traditional and cultural food and water resource management; the effects of agricultural water use on the environment; and the importance of water conservation. In addition to these food-water connections, the Fourth Annual Summit also continued food system conversations catalyzed in previous years including health, education, Hawaiian culture, energy, and land conservation. Some of the highlights of this year's summit included:
- Morning Panel Discussion on Water Resources and Management faciliated by Professor Denise Antolini, Associate Dean for Academic Affaris at the Univeristy of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law
- Panel Discussion of emerging North Shore farmers who have benefited from their ongoing participation in the North Shore Food Summit and other programs which support up-and-coming farmers in Hawaiʻi.
- Lunchtime Keynote presentation on the Slow Money Network by Carol Pepe Hewitt, Founder of Slow Money North Carolina and Author of Financing Our Foodshed
- Four exciting field trip options to food and water-related sites across the North Shore
- Delicious and locally sourced continental breakfast, lunch, and appetizers-- breaks also provide great opportunities for networking
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North Shore Community Land Trust and the Food Summit Planning Committee