Join us for the 2018 SD Local Foods Conference Nov. 1st – 3rd in Brookings, SD!




To register click HERE.

Registration gives attendees access to the regular conference sessions on November 2nd and 3rd.  Early bird registration is open September 1st through 30th, and regular rates start October 1st. Rates are as follows:
Regular Registration (Oct. 1st through 31st) – $115 per person for both days
Regular One-Day Rate – $80 per person for either the 2nd or 3rd
Student Rate – $70 per person for both days

As of 10/29 at 12 noon meals are not guaranteed or included with registration.

Registration to the pre-conference workshops and to the Local Foods Social are separate from regular conference registration.  See below for more details.

Keynote Speaker: Mark Winne

With over 40 years of experience in community food systems, Mark Winne is known as a local food expert across the nation.  His expertise ranges from local food policy to developing solutions for food access.

Winne has written several books including Stand Together or Starve Alone and Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty.  Learn more about Winne and his work on his website

Winne’s Keynote talk, “Setting the Table for South Dakota’s Food Future”, will address the question of whether a state like South Dakota move along a path to sustainable food production that strengthens the economy and ensures access to healthy and affordable food. That’s the challenge that local and regional food systems are increasingly taking on. With a compelling vision, multi-stakeholder collaboration, and some good policies in our pockets, we can make our food system work for everybody. Let’s build this road map together!

Pre-Conference Workshops

This year’s pre-conference sessions will be held at the McCrory Gardens Visitor Center and Strawbale House and Good Roots Farm and Gardens on November 1st.  Pre-conference sessions include:

Full descriptions of the workshops can be found by clicking HERE.

Conference Sessions

Regular conference sessions will take place at the Swiftel Center and will cover a wide variety of topics including local food policy, mentoring the transition of a farm business, food sovereignty, rainwater harvesting for greenhouses, growing mushrooms and microgreens, the significance of fruits and vegetables to human health, Honey Lodge honey and youth advocacy, goat production, agritourism, and more.

Local Foods Showcase Social Event

A highlight of the SD Local Foods Conference, the Local Foods Showcase is a social event centered on bringing together talented area chefs to promote the local fare of SD in inventive and creative ways. Area restaurants and chefs will be serving a variety of unique dishes while local beer and wine makers pour their favorite drinks. The Local Foods Showcase will take place Friday, November 2nd at 5:00 pm at the Swiftel Center.  Tickets are limited and sold separately from conference registration.

Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased by clicking HERE.


Click HERE for hotel information.

Hosts and Sponsors

The SD Local Foods Conference is annually hosted by Dakota Rural Action, SDSU Extension, SD Specialty Producers Association, the SD Dept. of Ag, and USDA Rural Development. We would like to thank this year’s sponsors:

The Brookings Convention and Visitors Bureau
Brookings, SD

The Carrot Seed Kitchen Co.
Brookings, SD

Nature’s Best LLC
Inwood, IA

Pomegranate Market
Sioux Falls, SD


The SD Local Foods Conference will feature vendors on site providing resources and products for attendees.  We would like to thank our vendors including:

Nancy Wirsing
Author of Cooked Alive!: Life Savoring Whole Food Recipes to End Processed Food Dependence

Kool Beans Coffee and Roasterie
Brookings, SD