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What should I expect at the Mississippi Food Summit & Agricultural Revival?

A great time and opportunity to learn! Building off the success of previous Summits, we’ll be heading back to Jackson and the beautiful Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum for our next gathering and expanding to offer more for both producers and those passionate about building a strong local food system based upon sustainable agricultural practices right here in Mississippi. The Mississippi Food Summit and Agricultural Revival will be a three-day event, and we encourage you to attend any or all of the different programs held over those days.

  • Thursday, November 17, 2014
    • Mississippi Farm to Cafeteria Conference (Lunch Included)
    • Networking Reception
    • MFPC Food and Agricultural Policy Public Forum
    • Film Screening & Discussion
  • Friday, November 18, 2014
    • Farmer to Farmer Conference (Taste of Mississippi Dinner Included)
    • Vendor Fair & Seed Swap
    • Taste of Mississippi Dinner
    • NYFC Young Farmers Mixer (w/ Live Music & Drinks)
  • Saturday, November 19, 2014
    • Mississippi Farmers Market @ 929 High Street
    • Farm & Garden Tours @ local farms and school/community gardens

There will be something for everyone and for all ages so please spread the word and bring your whole family! Click here for the full conference program.

harvest festNeed any more reasons to attend? The Mississippi Food Summit is being held in conjunction with the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum’s annual Small Town Harvest Fest.  The festival includes: Demonstrations of the Bisland Cotton Gin, Cane Mill, Saw Mill, and Blacksmithing; Complimentary Biscuit & Syrup; Tour of the Heritage Center Gallery; Explore Small Town, MS; Live Music; Train and Hay Rides; Carousel Rides.

When and where is the Summit going to be held?

agmuseum_badgeThe Mississippi Food Summit and Agricultural Revival  is going to be held on the beautiful grounds of the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum in Jackson, MS. Click here for a map and an address. It will be held over the course of three days, Thursday November 17 – Saturday November 19. You can attend one or all three days. Saturday’s events will be held off-grounds, at participating local farms and community gardens as well as the Mississippi Farmers Market on High Street. Click here for a break-down of what is happening each day and here for the registration costs.

Please leave your pets at home – only service dogs are allowed on the premises.

How do I register for the Summit and purchase tickets?

Both Thursday and Friday Conference tickets include full access to all A&F Museum Harvest Fest Activities as well as all included meals in addition to all Thursday evening events (Food & Ag. Policy Public Forum and “Food Chains” Film Screening”) and all Saturday events (including Local Farm/Garden Tours and Mississippi Farmers Market). You’re not going to beat that deal! Even if you are not attending any of the workshops or conferences during the day on Thursday and Friday, all guests must pay at least the Harvest Fest fee for access to A&F Museum grounds.

Click here to see cost of registration for the Thursday’s Farm to Cafeteria Conference, Friday’s Farmer to Farmer Conference, or a three-day pass to all events. Click here to go directly to the ticket purchasing website. Saturday’s farm/garden tours and access to the Mississippi Farmer’s Market are included in the price of all ticket purchases. This year, we are also offering you an opportunity to donate the purchase of one or more tickets through our Community Supported Conference option. These purchased tickets will allow us to provide scholarships for new and beginning or socially disadvantaged farmers and low-income participants. It also allows us to offer attendance free to all students. NOTE: If you donate tickets through this option but also plan to attend yourself as well, you must still purchase your own ticket for Day One, Day Two, or the Full Summit.

Other than those listed, meals are not provided with the cost of any ticket, though healthy, fresh ready-to-eat food can be purchased from a number of vendors on site both Thursday and Friday as well as Saturday at the market and guests are free to bring a picnic of homemade treats to eat! It is not recommended to leave the grounds for lunch due to time constraints and busy schedules.

  • Children 18 and under are admitted free (though encouraged to register in advance)

  • Students with a valid college ID are admitted free (though encouraged to register in advance)
  • Elders 65+ half-off all prices (day of only)

  • Handicapped citizens admitted free (day of only)

  • Bike to the Summit and get half-off all prices (day of only)

Is food included in the Summit registration?

On Thursday, 11.17, lunch is included in the ticket price for the Farm to Cafeteria Conference while dinner is not. That being said, Thursday evening complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served during the Networking Reception prior to the Local Food & Farm Policy Forum. 

On Friday, 11.18, the Taste of Mississippi Dinner is included in the ticket price for the Organic Grower’s Conference while lunch is not.

Those attending both Thursday and Friday are encouraged to bring snacks and water bottles or even a picnic to enjoy on the beautiful museum grounds. The Agriculture and Forestry Museum General Store will be open both days, and will be serving snack foods and drinks. Also located conveniently right at the museum entrance,  The Crawdad Hole and George’s Museum Cafe (Open 11am-2pm) are excellent options for conference attendees. We recommend not leaving the museum grounds for meals. 

On Saturday, 11.19, we recommend you show up hungry to the Missisisppi Farmer’s Market and graze from the table’s of local vendors or grab a bite at The Farmer’s Table (Open 8am-2pm).

Breakfast will be on your own, though if you stay at the Cabot Lodge Millsaps our suggested conference lodging option then you will have complimentary breakfast served each day as well as complimentary open bar in the evenings. 

There will be free coffee – so be sure to bring your own mug as well as a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated!

Do you have scholarships available?

We strive to make all of our events affordable and accessible. The Mississippi Food Summit is offering scholarships and transportation to farmers, students, and activists who would otherwise be unable to attend. 

If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please complete this form by November 14, 2016. 

Do you have any information on getting to the event and on lodging?

All events except the Saturday Farmers Market and Farm/Garden Tours will be held at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum on 1150 Lakeland Drive in Jackson, MS. On Saturday, the Mississippi Farmers Market is located at 929 High Street in Jackson, MS. All Farm/Garden Tours will be leaving from the Farmers Market parking lot, but you must provide your own transportation and are welcome to meet at the farms and gardens instead of the market.

The A&F Museum is centrally located in Jackson on the corner of Lakeland Drive and Interstate 55. Take exit 98B off Interstate 55. Go one block east on Lakeland. Turn left on Cool Papa Bell Drive.  Parking is located in this lot, along with the Crawdad Hole, Museum Café, Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, and Smith-Wills Stadium. If you are flying in, the closest airport is the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. Also nearby is the Meridian Regional Airport and the Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport (both approx. 1.5 hrs from Jackson). Larger airports in the SE include Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and Memphis International Airport (both approx. 3 hrs from Jackson).

We are proud to be partnering with the Cabot Lodge Millsaps, just 2 miles from the MS A&F Museum, for this year’s gathering. Book rooms by Oct. 26, 2016 to receive the Food Summit discounted group block rate. Cabot Lodge is about a 30 min. walk, 15 min bike ride, or a 5 min. drive for the Museum grounds. You can also stay directly across the street from the MS A&F Museum grounds at the Lefleur’s Bluff State Park.  Executive Villas, Developed Camping (including RV hookups), and Primitive Camping sites are all available. Reservations are highly recommended as the sites are limited. The autumn weather is beautiful in Mississippi so save some money and pitch a tent! You can click here for more information on travel and lodging options.

Can we set-up a table for our farm, business, agency or organization?

Absolutely, and we hope that you do! As a network, one of our primary aims is to help spread the word about all the other great individuals and groups throughout the state working on these issues. On Friday only this year we will be hosting the Vendor Fair on the wrap-around porch of the Sparkman Auditorium – and would love for you to be a part of it. All vendors and exhibitors must provide their own table(s) as the Fair will be held outside. In the event of rain, it will be moved to a covered area on the Museum grounds.

Please click here to see more information on reserving a space.

Can you tell us more about the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, the site of the Mississippi Food Summit?

agmus 1We are so excited to be able to host our event at such a beautiful location with so much agricultural history encapsulated in one place. If you have been before, come experience it like you never have. If this will be your first time, we just know you’ll have a blast!

Established in 1969, the mission of the Mississippi Agriculture Museum is to create an environment that communicates the value of past and present Mississippi agricultural lifestyles, relationships and practices and their relevance to the future of all people. Their vision is to cultivate an appreciation for Mississippi agriculture and create a memorable experience that inspires the community as a whole.

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The MS A&F Museum includes Small Town Mississippi, a recreation of a small-town in the South in the 1920s including a doctor’s office, general store, schoolhouse, chapel, print shop, blacksmith shop, cotton gin, grist mill, saw mill, sugarcane mill and a number of farmsteads and gardens. Small TownMississippi will be giving live demonstrations and tours throughout Till Tomorrow in conjunction with the A&F Museum’s annual Harvest Fest. The A&F Museum also includes the Heritage Center Museum (which holds one of the largest model train exhibits in the South as well as the Fitzgerald Collection), wooded nature trails, gift shop, barnyard and livestock (come and visit with the chickens, peacocks, donkeys, goats, rabbits, horses, and pigs) as well as train and carousel rides for children!

agmus 6agmus 7Part of Small Town Mississippi is the Fortenberry-Parkman Farmstead. This Farmstead is significant because it is a fully intact Mississippi farm representative of a typical farmer from 1860 to 1960. All of the original buildings, with the exception of the chicken house, were preserved intact and restored to their 1920’s appearance when it was relocated to the Ag Museum from its original location in Jefferson Davis County in 1981. Tremendous attention was paid to accuracy and detail during the relocation and restoration process. It was the authenticity resulting from such accuracy that convinced the Department of Archives and History that the site deserved designation as a Mississippi Landmark in 1988.

What else is nearby to the event location?

JacksonMS_Downtown_PanoramaThe A&F Museum is conveniently located just off Highway 55 and a only a few miles from downtown Jackson. Today Mississippi’s vibrant capital city combines the earth and charm of its rich cultural heritage with exciting activities and attractions as well as all the amenities of contemporary lifestyles. You can read all about what is going on in Jackson by checking out Visit Jackson’s website.

lafleur bluffs 1Immediately across the street from the MS Agriculture and Forestry Museum is the Lafleur’s Bluff State Park, which includes the Mississippi Museum of Natural ScienceThe park is named for Louis LeFleur, a French-Canadian explorer who established a trading post on the banks of the Pearl River in the late 1700s. The city of Jackson was originally known as “LeFleur’s Bluff”. Lafleur’s Bluff State Park is a 305 acre park in the heart of Jackson that includes camping, fishing, picnic spots and nature trails. It is great for boating, hiking, and bird-watching. The park also includes a nine-hole golf course and driving range, as well as the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. The museum is wonderful for all ages and  features features aquariums, habitat exhibits, as well as nature trails specializing in the flora and fauna of Mississippi. This museum acts as both a center for research and education. The mission for the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science is to promote understanding and appreciation of Mississippi’s biological diversity through collections, research, scientific data bases, education, and exhibits; and to inspire the people of Mississippi to respect the environment and to preserve natural Mississippi. Click here to see a list of ongoing events.

Just 10 miles up the road is the Ross Barnett Reservoir, a 33,000 acre reservoir with 17,000 acres surrounding the lake that boasts a number of campground options, as well as more opportunity for hiking, fishing, boating.

Aside from outdoor recreation and wildlife, Jackson is a hub of cultural opportunities. See below for a list of several area attractions you may want to visit while in town.

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