Detroit Food 2018

Detroit Food 2018

It Takes A Village:
Reclaiming our power in the food system

Thursday, March 8-Friday, March 9
Benson and Edith Ford Conference Center
Alfred A. Taubman Center for Design Education, College for Creative Studies
460 W. Baltimore Ave, Detroit, MI 48202


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Detroit Food 2018 will be the 8th annual Detroit Food Summit held by DFPC. DFPC hosts this annual conference to increase awareness about our food system, and develop strategies for building a healthier food system in Detroit. Detroit Food brings together community members, food industry workers, advocates, researchers and policy makers.

Keynote Speakers
Dr. Monica White, Ph.D.

Dr. Monica M. White is an assistant professor of Environmental Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research investigates communities of color and grassroots organizations that are engaged in the development of sustainable, community food systems as a strategy to respond to issues of hunger and food inaccessibility. Her recent publications include “A Pig and a Garden: Fannie Lou Hamer and the Freedom Farms Cooperative,” in Food and Foodways: Explorations in the History and Culture of Human Nourishment.  Her first book, entitled, ““Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement,” is under contract with University of North Carolina Press, and is scheduled to be released fall 2018.  Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement revises the historical narrative of African American resistance and breaks new ground by including the work, roles, and contributions of southern Black farmers and the organizations they formed. The book traces the origins of Black farmers’ organizations to the late 1800s, emphasizing their activities during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Whereas much of the existing scholarship views agriculture as a site of oppression and exploitation of Black people, Freedom Farmers reveals agriculture also as a site of resistance by concentrating on the work of Black farm operators and laborers who fought for the right to participate in the food system as producers and to earn a living wage in the face of racially, socially, and politically repressive conditions. Moreover, it provides an historical foundation that will add meaning and context for current conversations regarding the resurgence of agriculture in the context of food justice/sovereignty movements in urban spaces like Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, New York City, and New Orleans.

In addition to her academic work, she is the past President of the Board of Directors of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN), and serves on the advisory board of SAAFON (Southeast African American Farmers Organic Network). Active in the food justice movement for over a decade, especially active in Detroit with the DBCFSN, her work in the classroom and community embodies the theoretical framework of Collective Agency and Community Resilience and the use of community-based food systems and agriculture as a strategy of community development.

As a result of her scholarship and community work, Dr. White has received several grants including a multi-year, multi-million dollar USDA research grant to study food insecurity in Michigan. She has also received several awards including the 2013 Olsen Award for distinguished service to the practice of Sociology from the Michigan Sociological Association and the Michigan Campus Compact Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award. She was appointed to the Food Justice Task Force sponsored by the Institute for Agricultural Trade Policy (IATP), maintains a quarterly column for the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development (JAFSCD) and has presented her work at many national and international community organizations, colleges and universities.

Naim Edwards

Naim is a Morehouse man, hailing from Harrisburg, PA. His time serving in the Peace Corp oriented him to a career committed to justice particularly in the land, food and environmental spheres. After completing the Frontiers Master's program from the University of Michigan, Naim moved to Detroit to join the local food and urban agriculture movement. His time here has shaped and molded him into a more mindful person with a deeper understanding of systems of oppression. Naim is a firm believer in simple living, servant leadership, and trying "be" more than "do".

Detroit Food 2018 Agenda

Detroit Food 2018 Workshop Schedule


Become a Sponsor

Businesses looking for creative and engaging ways to make a difference in the lives of Detroit community members are invited to partners with DFPC (Detroit Food Policy Council) to create a powerful community impact. Sponsors are invited to participle in Detroit Food 2018 to help to provide community education and raise awareness about the local food system.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities see our Sponsorship Packages, or contact Kibibi Blount-Dorn at or 313-833-0398.


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The Detroit Food Policy Council holds the summit annually to educate and inspire Detroit citizens about food security and other food related issue in the city. The Summit will help connect those interested in improving the community and their own lives from nutritional and economic standpoints to others with like needs and valuable resources.

We offer a range of registration rates of $30- $160 so that the conference can be accessible to as many people as possible. A limited number of scholarships are available. Please support Detroit Food 2018 by giving as generously as possible with your registration contribution. The true expense of Detroit Food 2018 is $130 per person. We will consider the registration amount you pay in excess of $130 as a tax-deductible gift to Detroit Food Policy Council. Detroit Food 2018 does not offer group rates. Please pay the registration contribution that you can afford for each of your participants..

Sign up for the Friends of Detroit Food Policy Council by February 20 to receive a discount code that can be used for the Standard Registration.

Early Bird (until February 17) $115
Advocate $160
Standard $130
Friends of DFPC $105*
Senior/Student $60 
Youth $30

Scholarships are available. To request a scholarship email Olivia Henry with your name and email address, Scholarship recipients need to complete the registration after they receive a reply about their scholarship request. 


Volunteer positions are open and needed! Volunteers who complete a total of four (4) volunteer hours will have the registration fee for Detroit Food 2018 waived.  Once 4 hours have been signed up for please allow 48 hours to recieve the code to waive registration

Past Summits

Detroit Food 2017

Detroit Food 2016

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