National Good Food Network Foob Hub Conference

Food Hub Conference Recap by Anne Nichols

 From March 30th – April 1st, food-conscious professionals gathered in Atlanta, Georgia to partake in National Good Food Network’s (NGFN) third biennial Food Hub Conference. The conference aimed to connect leaders and novices alike to explore new and innovative ways to create more value-driven and sustainable food chains. With over 400 attendees, conversation was plentiful, networking was inevitable, and ideas palpitated throughout the crowd with guests ranging from veteran food hub experts to aspiring foodie entrepreneurs.

With such a spectrum of patrons in attendance, NGFN managed to entertain and inform every niche with their 90-minute breakout sessions and whole conference plenary panels. Topics ranged broadly from “Building an Equitable Food System,” which explored the economic benefits of confronting racial inequalities, to more focused topics like, “Southeastern Food Hubs: Working Together to Build a Regional Food Economy.” If nothing else, conference-goers were treated to sustainably- and locally-sourced breakfasts and lunches that would satisfy the toughest value-oriented critic. Overall, the conference excelled in its mission to create an incubator for cultivating ideas and creating connections to further benefit the food supply chain.

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