Conference Structure

Join us for three days of innovative local food education open to producers, institutions, professionals, consumers  and students dedicated in a sustainable food system.

Conference Schedule

8- 9 am: Registration, open trade show

9:00 am: Keynote address “Scaling-Up Your Local Food Economy” from Anthony Flaccavento, CEO of SCALE- Wicklow I

10:00 am
Farm to School- Producing for Institutional Purposes, John and Beth Aselage of A & A Orchard – Wicklow I

11:15 am
Anthony Flaccavento, CEO of SCALE, The Pros and Cons of Selling Through a Food Hub and How to Plan – Wicklow I

Noon to 1:45 pm Lunch on your own (see program for suggestions)

2:00 pm: Breakouts
FSMP: Looking Towards the Future of Food Safety, Patrick Byers, MU Extension – Wicklow II

All Apples Aren’t Created Equal, A & A Orchard, Learn the Process A & A Orchard Took to Make Their Produce Stand Apart from the Rest, John and Beth Aselage of A & A Orchard – Wicklow I

3:15 pm: Social break

3:45 pm Breakouts
Maddy and Kim Coulter, Peak View Farms, Effective Marketing and Branding for Your Business – Wicklow I


Friday, Nov 3
Registration 8 am

8:30 am Morning Keynote: Creating the Ozarks Food Hub to Serve our Region (Discussion the Ozarks Food Hub Study and Greenhouse Project) Mike Chiles and Lane McConnell- Wicklow I

10:00 am
Cutting Edge from the Pasture to the Plate, Kirk Welch of Blackgate Farm – Wicklow I

Accessing Your On Farm Risk, Vallery Eisenmann, Ag/Commercial Field Specialist
American National Insurance – Wicklow II

11:00 am Breakouts
Building Your Brand at the Wholesome Level, Sean Killingsworth, The Grove Salsa Company – Wicklow I

Local Food Programs to Finance Your Business, James Combs, Business Program Specialist – Wicklow II

12:00 -1:45 pm Lunch on your own (see program for suggestions)

2:00 pm
Rebranding Your Business: 5 Signs Your Brand is Stale, Lane McConnell, AgriComm Services and FMO – Wicklow I

3:00 pm Break with tradeshow

3:15 pm Ten Key Considerations to Successfully Scale-Up Your Farm, Patrick Byers, MU Extension – Wicklow II


National Speakers

Anthony Flaccavento, President of SCALE
Anthony fosters bottom up community environmental and economic development as a farmer, advocate, consultant, and author.

Anthony is an organic farmer and has been working on community environmental and economic development in central Appalachia for the past 25 years. SCALE, Inc, is a private consulting business dedicated to catalyzing and supporting ecologically healthy regional economies and food systems. SCALE works with community leaders, farmers, foundations, economic development agencies and others in Appalachia, and other communities.

Register today by clicking here for the Conference Registration Form.  The three day conference is $150 per person or $75 for students. Scholarships are available for producers thanks to a generous sponsorship through the Walton Foundation.

For information about sponsorship, the trade show or general information please contact Lane McConnell at 417.766.8711 or

The 1st Annual New Food Conference is a regional local food conference focusing on technology, funding, marketing and education geared towards building the local food industry across the Ozarks region. The conference’s goal is to help enable local food growers to scale-up operations to fulfill the growing demand of local food that is grown, raised and produced across Southern Missouri and Northwest Arkansas.