BISMARCK – Dakota Grown, a two-day conference on producing, processing and using locally-grown foods and food products, is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18–19, at the Doublewood Inn, 1400 E. Interchange Ave., Bismarck.

“The local foods movement is gaining momentum around the nation and right here in North Dakota – it's something people really want to know about,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “I encourage anyone, producer or consumer, with an interest in local foods to take part in this event.”

The conference will include break-out sessions on hoop houses, horticulture, community-supported agriculture, farm-to-school programs, growing local foods businesses and why people should care about local foods. There will also be networking opportunities to visit with growers from the region.

Friday's keynote speaker will be Michelle Wall from Dale Carnegie Training, who will discuss business skills for developing positive and steady results. 
Chris Young from the Rainmaker Group will speak on “making a difference in local foods… making a difference in the world” during Friday evening's social and banquet.

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture and the North Dakota Farmers Market and Growers Association are sponsoring the conference.

Registration is $40 per person and includes all sessions and meals. Registration information is included in a conference brochure available at http://www.nd.gov/ndda/program/local-foods-initiative or by calling 701-328-4763 or emailing info@farrms.com.