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Resilient Food Systems Conference


Resilient Food Systems Conference

Friday, May 8th: 8 am - 5 pm
Saturday, May 9th: 9 am - 12:30 pm

Location: Multi-use Activity Center (MAC), next to the Recreation Center on the Cal Poly campus
Entrance located at the corner of Hathway Ave and Longview Lane, San Luis Obispo

The resilience of a system refers to its ability to adapt to and thrive in changing conditions. Join us as we learn from industry and community leaders from across the food and agricultural landscape who are helping to build a more resilient food system through their innovative enterprises!

Free and open to the public.

Please visit our EVENTBRITE page to register and purchase lunch/reception tickets.


Please visit our SPONSORSHIP page to signup as a sponsor or exhibitor.

Please visit our PROGRAM page for detailed schedule and speaker information.

Day 1: Friday, May 8th - A look at leading sustainability initiatives in California food systems
Scott Vernon, Cal Poly Agricultural Education and Communication Department 
Paul Dolan, Dolan Family Farms
Gerald Davis, Crystal Organic / Grimmway Farms
Renata Brillinger, California Climate and Agriculture Network
Kerry Clasby, Intuitive Forager
Mark Klever, Belcampo Farms
Kathleen Karle, SLO County Public Health Department
KEYNOTE: Karen Ross, Secretary of Agriculture, California Department of Food and Agriculture
Ann Thrupp, Berkeley Food Institute
Matt Rogers, Whole Foods Market
A.G. Kawamura, Orange County Produce; Solutions From the Land

Day 2: Saturday, May 9th - Focus on community and local food systems
Luis Sierra, California Center for Cooperative Development
Paula Daniels, LA Food Policy Council
Nicki Anderson, Central Coast Grown
Sarah Ramirez, BeHealthTulare; FoodLink
Adam Kesselman, Center for Ecoliteracy; The Lunch Trust

To be followed by a Food and Wine Tasting Reception at the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center
Please join us as we celebrate the conclusion of the conference with a special community reception in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) lobby featuring local, alumni-made and Cal Poly foods and wines! 



Download a Conference Flyer (PDF)                        Download a Press Release (PDF)


For a detailed Cal Poly campus map, please go to:
ASI Recreation Center is location #43
Performing Arts Center is location #6


For questions and comments, please contact the Center for Sustainability at (805) 756-5086 or