Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The 2012 Stinner Summit - Oct 5, 2012 Athens, OH

(Note -- I post this here because it will appeal to the the vendors at the farmer's markets who focus on sustainable agriculture and communities. As always, I encourage you to grow your own food and buy locally grown produce.)  

What is the Stinner Summit?

 The inspiration for the Annual Stinner Summit is Ben's vision of collaboration for building relationships based on common interests, his ability to see and understand the big picture, and his passion and enthusiasm for building healthy agroecosystems and sustainable communities.

The Summit, held at a different location each year, is a highly engaging and participatory event that draws stakeholders from around Ohio (and sometimes beyond!). Attendees, all with different expertise and paticular interests, work together to develop projects that will address healthy agroecosystems and/or sustainable communities. At the end of the day, the Ben Stinner Endowment pledges $15,000 in support of one or more projects. Breakfast and lunch are provided for attendees, and always features local restaurants and producers. The event is free of charge and open to any who are interested, though space is sometimes limited. To see photos and agendas of past Summits, check out the links below.

 Each year is unique, however; the best way to understand the Summit is to experience it for yourself!

 In summation (though incomplete), the Stinner Summit provides attendees with:

 1. Face-to-face networking opportunities
 2. A multi-disciplinary, engaging environment
 3. Open space to brainstorm projects related to sustainable agriculture and communities
 4. Coffee
 5. Food
 6. Financial support for projects concieved, developed, and selected by Summit attendees.
 7. A springboard for ideas, projects, and connections that can be carried into other aspects of your life.


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