Public policies—from city zoning to state water laws to national dietary guidelines to the federal farm bill—shape food and agriculture in ways that impact all of us. Today, many of our policies are designed without fully connecting public interests, environmental concerns, and shared economic prosperity. And too often, the policy process fails to engage people at the grassroots level.
We invite you to join us in America’s Heartland, where we will examine local, state, and national policies that can move us closer to an inclusive food system—one that protects public health and the environment and provides food producers and workers with dignity and a good living. Through plenaries, workshops, and strategy sessions, we will explore ways in which philanthropy can support these policies and build the power of the sustainable agriculture and food movement. We hope you will be part of the conversation.