Our food system is vital to local quality of life: It can create local jobs, nourish residents, and restore our land and ecosystems. Conversely, food and agriculture can deplete the local economy and quality of life when it is imported, costly and harmful to land and water. Given the critical role food plays locally and globally, once again, this year’s Sun Valley Forum includes a major focus on resilient food systems and growing our local food economy.

The fourth annual Sun Valley Forum, "Turning Risk Into Opportunity: Vision, Courage, Innovation," takes place July 31 - August 3, 2018, at The Limelight Ketchum. The Forum is hosted by Sun Valley Institute to accelerate the transformation to sustainable, equitable, and secure— resilient—communities. Each year, approximately 250 leaders and innovators from business, government, advocacy, sports, entertainment and philanthropy gather to share strategies, catalyze collaborations, and drive courageous leadership.

Main stage discussions cover global trends as well as local and regional opportunities. In addition to government and business leaders, food speakers include Matthew Dillon, director of agricultural policy at Clif Bar; venture investor Victor Friedberg and farm financier Alex Mackey of Iroquois Valley Farms; and innovator Renske Lynde of FoodSystem6. With inspiration from successes elsewhere, we’ll explore how to scale change at a local level. Local farmers and innovators will discuss how regional partnerships and local investment can keep farms operating and thriving.

On August 31, please join us and Ken Meter of Crossroads Resource Center, one of the country’s most experienced food system analysts, for a working session to advance development of Blaine County’s regional food economy—free and open to local and regional food system stakeholders, Forum participants, and you! Register at sunvalleyforum.com/tickets for the full forum (discounts available for local change-makers) or email forum@sunvalleyforum.com to sign up for food sessions only.