The conference seeks to improve the sustainable production, marketing and consumption of local food.

This year’s theme is Strategies for Success in Demanding Times.

How it works:

For details on the Thursday and Friday workshops held at the Montrose County Fairgrounds click here.

Saturday doors will open at the Montrose Pavilion (1800 E Pavilion Pl, Montrose, CO 81401) at 7:30am.  Please come early to pick up your name badge and conference materials.  Opening remarks and the keynote address will begin at 8:30. For details on our speakers click here.  For a list of our breakout sessions click here.

Attendees will be able to attend several one-hour sessions in addition to hearing our keynote speaker.  You can not pre-register for specific sessions. 

In addition to workshops and speakers there will be opportunities for networking and time to visit booth displays.

Local Foods Lunch:

For those that register by January 22nd, lunch is included with your registration. During lunch, attendees will have the opportunity to check out our Mini Invention Convention.

Calling all inventions!
Baling twine and duct tape lovers: If you have solved an on-farm, ranch or irrigation problem that you’d like to share, please bring hard copy pictures, lap top visuals, or an actual invention. We can accommodate some large inventions outside. $500 in cash prizes donated by Recla Metals.

Please email us at to enter and win.

Example: Head Gate Trash Guard – Jim Parker – Save time and money keeping trash out of your head gate. Built & tested summer 2016.


Please join us after the conference from for a chance to wind down, meet your neighbors and chat about the days presentations.  Dr. Temple Grandin will be signing books after her talk. A cash bar will be open.  Small local foods appetizers will be served.

Food and Farm Forum Photos