About the Event

On March 31, 2016, Healthy Food Connect was launched at an event with 14 speakers and over 200 attendees. Individual videos of each speakers’ presentation can be found below. A video of the entire event can be seen here.



Florine Mark, Trustee Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan


Program Overview and Morning Keynote

Program Overview
Melissa Smiley, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Morning Keynote, “Equity: The Key to Growing a Sustainable and Just Food System”
Amanda Navarro, PolicyLink


State and Regional Snapshots

Colleen Matts, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

Megan Masson-Minock, Michigan Local Food Council Network


Kate Krauss, Fair Food Network


Short Talks About Local Activities

Dr. Gwendolyn Graddy-Dansby, PACE Southeast Michigan


Nicki Milgrom, Ecology Center


Willie Spivey, Keep Growing Detroit


Noam Kimelman, Detroit Food Academy


Sara Gold, United Way of Southeastern Michigan


Kirk Mayes, Forgotten Harvest

Gerry Brisson, Gleaners Community Food Bank


Afternoon Keynote

Afternoon Keynote, “Collaboration, Breakthroughs and Regeneration: Getting Things Done and Doing It Joyfully”
Nikki Silvestri, Silvestri Strategies


Grant Guidelines

Melissa Smiley, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan