Farm to Healthcare

While great effort has gone into getting healthy and local food into our schools, hospitals and healthcare facilities are also working to provide patients and staff with the best food possible while looking out for the environment, cutting costs, and reducing waste.

We are putting on a Farm to Healthcare conference in partnership with Livingston HealthCare called Nourishing People and Sustaining Communities on November 7, 2014. Join hospital dieticians, foodservice managers, assisted living directors, and local farmers and ranchers from around Montana to discuss the challenges and opportunities of bringing local, fresh, healthy foods into healthcare facilities for the benefit of patients, staff and communities. The day will begin at the Shane Lalani Center for the Performing Arts in Livingston, MT.

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Please register here if you are interested in attending. The cost is $35.00 and includes lunch. Please see the following agenda to review speakers and topics. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to seeing you there!

Nourishing People and Sustaining Communities Agenda
9:00-9:25
Arrive and check-in

9:30-10:45
Welcome and Keynote: Sustainable Hospital Food Service: Restoring Health and Prosperity to Rural Montana
Jessica Wilcox MS, RD, LN: Food and Nutrition Services Manager, Livingston Healthcare
Dr. Alison Harmon: Associate Professor, Foods and Nutrition; Sustainable Food Systems

11:00-11:45
Buyers’ Panel: Incorporating Healthy, Local Food in Healthcare
Seth Bostick: Executive Chef, Kalispell Regional Medical Center
Emily McKey RD, LD: Dietician, Village Health Care
Wendy Barrett: Certified Dietary Manager, Village Health Care

11:45-12:30
Producers’ Panel: Partnering with Hospitals to Diversify your Market
Shay Farmer: Food and Ag Coordinator, Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center
Dave Prather: General Manager, Western Montana Growers Cooperative
Jenny Scott: CEO, Montana Highland Lamb

12:30-1:15
Lunch

1:30-2:00

Park County Food System Council Panel and discussion

2:15-3:00
Tour and presentation of the Livingston Food Resource Center and Community Kitchen hosted by Michael McCormick, Executive Director of the Livingston Food Pantry

3:15-3:55
Tour and presentation of the Livingston HealthCare Kitchen hosted by Jessica Wilcox, Food and Nutrition Services Manager

3:55-4:00
Adjourn and depart from Livingston HealthCare

Check out these websites for more information about nationwide Farm to Hospital efforts:
The Healthier Hospitals Initiative
Farm to Hospital resources from Food Hub