With Special Thanks to
Our Event Sponsors:

Miossi Charitable Trust



Berkeley Food Institute

Whole Foods Market


Grimmway Farms

Solutions from the Land


FoodLink Tulare

Center for Ecoliteracy

Central Coast Grown

Central Coast Suites

New Times

Santa Maria Sun

Resilient Food Systems Cal Poly

Resilient Food Systems Conference

Friday, May 8th: 8 am - 5 pm
Saturday, May 9th: 9 am - 12:30 pm

Location: Multi-use Activity Center (MAC), next to the Recreation Center on the Cal Poly campus
Entrance located at the corner of Hathway Ave and Longview Lane, San Luis Obispo

The resilience of a system refers to its ability to adapt to and thrive in changing conditions. Join us as we learn from industry and community leaders from across the food and agricultural landscape who are helping to build a more resilient food system through their innovative enterprises!

DOWNLOAD Program and Speaker Information (PDF)

Please visit our PROGRAM page for speaker slides and videos.

Day 1: Friday, May 8th
- A look at leading sustainability initiatives in California food systems
Scott Vernon, Cal Poly Agricultural Education and Communication Department
Paul Dolan, Dolan Family Ranches
Gerald Davis, Crystal Organic / Grimmway Farms
Renata Brillinger, California Climate and Agriculture Network
Mark Klever, Belcampo Farms
KEYNOTE: Karen Ross, Secretary of Agriculture, California Department of Food and Agriculture
Ann Thrupp, Berkeley Food Institute
Matt Rogers, Whole Foods Market
A.G. Kawamura, Orange County Produce; Solutions From the Land

Day 2: Saturday, May 9th - Focus on community and local food systems
Luis Sierra, California Center for Cooperative Development
Paula Daniels, LA Food Policy Council
Nicki Anderson, Central Coast Grown
Sarah Ramirez, BeHealthyTulare; FoodLink
Adam Kesselman, Center for Ecoliteracy; The Lunch Trust

To be followed by a Food and Wine Tasting Reception at the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center
Please visit our RECEPTION page to view a list of featured local foods and wines
Join us as we celebrate the conclusion of the conference with a special community reception in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) lobby featuring local, alumni-made and Cal Poly foods and wines!


Download a Conference Flyer (PDF)                        Download a Press Release (PDF)


For a detailed Cal Poly campus map, please go to: http://maps.calpoly.edu/

Note: Parking permits will be required for on-campus parking on Friday only, at an additional cost of $6.

From Highway 101:

From Northbound 101, take Grand Ave exit and turn left onto Grand Avenue.
From Southbound 101, take Monterey St exit, make a quick right at Buena Vista Ave, then left at Loomis St,
and right onto Grand Avenue.
Follow Grand Ave up the hill and enter the Cal Poly campus at intersection with Slack St, see map above.


Friday, parking attendant will be stationed at the entrance to the Grand Ave Parking Structure from 7 - 9 am.
Please purchase a permit from the attendant and proceed to the lower level.
If arriving after 9 am, park in the Parking Structure or the outdoor parking lot and purchase a parking permit at a pay station (locations marked in the above map). Please follow directions as printed on permit.

Follow pedestrian path from lowest level of Grand Ave Parking Structure to the MAC.

Saturday, parking permits will not be required. Please park in the Grand Ave Parking Structure or outdoor parking lot. Proceed to MAC from lowest level of Parking Structure, or to PAC from street level.

Download event parking map (PDF)


For questions and comments, please contact the Center for Sustainability at (805) 756-5086 or cfs@calpoly.edu