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Sep 13

Support Your Local Farmers & Locally-Grown Food

Posted on September 13, 2017 at 11:47 AM by Beth Shumate

farfaIt's no secret that McKinney - specifically the historic downtown, has developed into quite a foodie destination, not just to diners but to farmers, ranchers and other local growers, too.

Earlier this year, board members of the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA) enjoyed dinner hosted by Rick Wells (Harvest, Rick's Chophouse) and attended by downtown business owners and chefs involved in the slow food movement in North Texas and other interested parties from Chestnut Square and the McKinney Convention & Visitors Bureau to discuss the possibility of FARFA holding their annual conference in McKinney. 

The good news for McKinney is that FARFA will host their 2017 Farm and Food Leadership Conference in downtown McKinney September 24-26. The great news for the general public is that anyone interested in supporting independent family farmers and helping protect a healthy and productive food supply for American consumers can join FARFA. And that general public is also invited to attend the three-day conference.

Conference attendees will rub shoulders with experts who will be discussing everything from the latest developments in sustainable agriculture and Texas food law to wild foraging in North Texas. In its 11th year, the Farm & Food Leadership Conference offers two full days of sessions, with an extra day of Pre-Conference workshops. Concurrent tracks during the Main Conference offer compelling topics for local food producers as well as consumers. Conference attendees will:
  • Stay informed on the issues affecting your farms and your food.
  • Gather the resources you need to make change at the state and national legislative level.
  • Get involved and donate to support the work that FARFA does to protect our rights and local food systems.
More information and links to the conference can be found on the FARFA website:
About FARFA:
The Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA) is a national organization that  FARFA promotes common sense policies for local, diversified agricultural systems. FARFA is an advocate for independent farmers, ranchers, livestock owners, and homesteaders, as well as the consumers who support them. By protecting independent producers, we protect the safety, quality, and availability of our food.