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



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

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.  Pre-conference topics covered will include diversifying agriculture business, specialty crop production, farm to school, natural farming practices, and pollinators with more sessions likely to be added.

Check back for information on registration for pre-conference sessions.

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.

Check back for a final conference schedule.

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. Check back for ticket information.


Registration gives attendees access to the regular conference sessions on November 2nd and 3rd.  Registration opens September 1st and rates are as follows:
Early Bird Registration (Sept. 1st through 30th) – $90 per person for both days
Regular Registration (Oct. 1st through 31st) – $115 per person for both days
Student Rate – $70 per person for both days
One-Day Rate – $70 per person for either the 2nd or 3rd

Check back for information on how to register.


Check back for more information about block hotel rates for conference attendees.

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 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