National Good Food Network

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico. 


The biennial National Good Food Network Conference is the only conference in the US with a focus on food hubs – the critical middle of the Good Food value chain. This year, we’re gearing up for 500 food hub managers, staff and supporters to dig deep into the nuts and bolts of running hubs to enhance their triple bottom line impact. Moreover, we are expanding the focus to businesses and organizations that fill out the value chain and create robust, equitable regional food systems. Informative tours, substantial trainings, insightful workshops, and inspiring plenaries complement the rich networking and peer learning at our conference.


At the Wallace Center, we support entrepreneurs and communities as they build a new, 21st century food system that is healthier for people, the environment, and the economy. We do this by serving the growing community of civic, business and philanthropic organizations involved in building a new good food system. The National Good Food Network (NGFN) food hub community of practice is over 1600-strong, with participation from over 180 hubs that work directly with more than 9,000 farms. The National Good Food Network Conference is a central component of our technical assistance programming.


The 2016 Conference, held in Atlanta, Georgia was attended by over 400 food systems practitioners. The Conference underscored the importance of optimizing food hub business performance for a sustainable, equitable regional food systems, while simultaneously highlighting the importance of a viable value chain. The real stars of the Conference were the speakers and ‘Curbside Consultants’ who shared their expertise in over 50 different workshops and over 100 one-on-one coaching sessions, highlighting approaches in food hub management and operations including food security, strategies for sustainable agriculture, food safety, business planning, and more.


Participant feedback was extremely positive and confirmed the need for hubs, supporting institutions, foundations, and advocates to continue to work together on solutions for developing local food systems. Postconference surveys indicated that participants made over 1,350 new contacts where the parties intended to follow up after the conference – truly an effective peer and expert networking event.


In 2018, the National Good Food Network Conference aims to build upon this momentum in connecting food hub operators and Good Food value chain practitioners with each other, and with the most innovative tools and resources available. But we can’t do it without you! Please consider becoming a 2018 National Good Food Network Conference Sponsor. Join us in creating a Conference which will leave a lasting impact on the growth and development of regional food systems and food hubs across the country.


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Event Properties

Event Date 3/27/2018
Event End Date 3/30/2018
Individual Price Scholarships available