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Free virtual conference focuses on progress, gaps in local food systems

| November 9, 2021 12:00 AM

AERO, the Alternative Energy Resources Organization based in Helena, is holding its annual statewide EXPO conference as a virtual event Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 10 to 14. Pre-registration is required to attend the free online sessions.

The 2021 event brings together food and farming entrepreneurs, food access organizations, and community, industry and government stakeholders from around the state to share information, ideas, resources and creative solutions. The event’s goal is to support network building and idea sharing to inspire community leadership, working towards a more sustainable and food secure Montana for all.

Each day covers a topic area relevant to strengthening sustainable food systems, and participants can attend any of the three 90-minutes sessions offered on each topic.

• Wednesday - Enhancing Small Farm Success

• Thursday - Ensuring Food for all Montanans (food access and green energy)

• Friday - Community Focused Solutions

• Saturday - Food Systems and Sustainability

• Sunday - Resilient Communities and Regenerative Landscapes

Ken Meter, author of “Building Community Food Webs” and one of the most experienced food system analysts in the United States, is the event’s keynote speaker. His talk, “Strengthening Community Food Webs,” takes place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov 13.

Back by popular demand, a “Virtual Happy Hour” ends each day. These 45-minute virtual community conversations with invited guests are designed to promote opportunities for visiting, connection, and information sharing. Grab your favorite evening beverage, put your feet up, and join the conversation.

To register and for more information, visit https://aeromt.org/event/expo-2021/

AERO is a 501(c)(3) statewide, grassroots nonprofit helping communities build a more sustainable Montana for 47 years.

To register and for more information: https://aeromt.org/event/expo-2021/

AERO is a 501(c)(3) statewide, grassroots nonprofit helping communities build a more sustainable Montana for 47 years.