Paella Class @ The Basque Market and Cultural Center
Oct 22 all-day

Learn the traditional techniques of preparing delicious seafood, chorizo, and chicken paella. You will also learn how to make olive tapenade. This class fills up quickly so sign up today!

Fed Up Screening @ Magic Lantern Cinema
Oct 23 @ 9:00 pm – 12:00 am

Touted as “the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see,” FED UP highlights the consequences of America’s sugary junk-filled diet. The documentary from Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar-winning producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) and director Stephanie Soecthig promises to “change the way you eat forever.” 

Fed Up Screening @ Community Campus
Oct 24 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Touted as “the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see,” FED UP highlights the consequences of America’s sugary junk-filled diet. The documentary from Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar-winning producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) and director Stephanie Soecthig promises to “change the way you eat forever.” 

Summit on Hunger and Food Insecurity in Idaho @ The Riverside Hotel
Oct 28 all-day

Opening Keynote

Dr. Janey Thornton
Deputy Under Secretary for USDA Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services

As Deputy Under Secretary for USDA’s Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, Dr. Janey Thornton is responsible for improving the health and well-being of all Americans. read more 

 Luncheon Presenter

Hattie Kauffman
Author and News Correspondent

Hattie Kauffman made history as the first Native American journalist to ever file a report on a national network evening news broadcast, and she has over two decades of experience as an on-camera correspondent and news anchor for ABC and CBS. She is a member of the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho, a speaker and writer. To learn more about Ms. Kauffman, click here to view her website.

Listen to Hattie’s September 2nd interview on Public News Service here.


Once you have reviewed the workshop track options below and are ready to register and pay, click this button.   There is an Early Bird rate that ends September 15 so hurry and register now!

If you need to mail in your registration and payment, download the registration form here:2014 Hunger Summit Registration Brochure


Learn more about each of the six workshop tracks:

1.  Anti-Hunger Advocacy: Strategic Mapping— Idaho Grocery Tax Credit and Your Top Issue; Presenter: Matt Newell-Ching, Bread for the World, Western Region, Portland, OR. (see more…)

2.  Childhood Nutrition: Screen and Intervene; Presenter: Lynn Knox, Screen & Intervene and Charlotte Navarre, Providence Demonstration Project, Portland, OR.(see more…)

      This post-conference event will be offered by early childhood advocacy  
      affiliates on Wednesday and Thursday, October 29 and 30, 2014
Click on the link to learn more about these opportunities. Early Years Conference

3.  Idaho Blueprint to End Hunger: Snapshot of Today – Picture of Tomorrow; Presenters: Kelly Marschall, and Sarah Boxx, Social Entrepreneurs, Inc., Reno, NV. (see more…)

4.  Local Food Systems: Building Partnership to Support Farmers and Improve Access; Presenter: Risa Waldoks, The Food Trust, Philadelphia, PA. (see more…)

5.  Multi-Cultural Food Security: Addressing Disparities and Community Assets; Presenter: Rosalinda Guillen, Executive Director of ‘Community to Community Development,’ Bellingham, WA. (see more…)

6.  Senior Hunger: Serving Independence; Presenter: Peggy Ingraham, Executive VP and Heather Cosson, Director of Communications, National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH), Alexandria, VA. (see more…)


Halloween Tapas @ The Basque Market and Cultural Center
Oct 29 all-day
With Halloween in just a couple of days, come be adventurous with three recipes that are not for the faint of heart. We will make three tapas that will include ingredients such as Morcilla (Blood Sausage), Gulas (Surimi of baby eel) and Txipirones (Squid) transformed into delicious delicacies. If you are up for something new, this is the class for you!
Dusted Valley Wine Dinner @ Ruberts at Hotel McCall
Oct 30 @ 8:30 pm
We are very excited to welcome Dusted Valley owner Janet Johnson to Rupert’s for our first collaboration with this exciting winery.  Walla Walla’s Dusted Valley Winery was named one of Wine and Spirit Magazine’s Top 100 Wineries- a huge accomplishment!  Chef Gary is busy planning the 4 course menu with wine pairings to go with Dusted Valley and Boomtown wines.  Details of the menu to follow shortly. Places are limited so please call 208.634.8108 for reservations.
Sustainable Agriculture Symposium @ Nampa Civic Center
Nov 18 @ 7:16 pm – 8:16 pm

The Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture (ICSA), will host its annual Regional Sustainable Agriculture Symposium on Tuesday November 18, 2014 in Nampa, ID.

The full day event will bring together farmers, ranchers, dairy operators, backyard gardeners, restaurant operators, government officials, industry leaders and advocacy groups from around Idaho.  The conference will educate the public, and define a Sustainable Agriculture future that balances environmental, health and farmer profitability concerns.

There is something for everyone at every level of interest in sustainable agriculture, whether you are a concerned shopper or a farmer wanting to learn profitable and ecologically responsible land management alternatives.


Joel Salatin

Our featured keynote speaker will be Joel Salatin. Salatin, 56, is a full-time farmer in  Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. A third generation alternative famer, he returned to the farm full-time in 1982 and continued refining and adding to his parents’ ideas.

The family’s farm, Polyface Inc. (“The Farm of Many Faces”) has been featured in SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, GOURMET and countless other radio, television and print media. Profiled on the “Lives of the 21st Century” series with Peter Jennings on ABC World News, his after-broadcast chat room fielded more hits than any other segment to date. It achieved iconic status as the grass farm featured in the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller OMNIVORE’S DILEMMA by food writer guru Michael Pollan and the award-winning film documentary, FOOD INC.


Also featured will be farmer and soil health pioneer Gabe Brown.Gabe Brown

Gabe, along with his wife Shelly, and son Paul, own and operate a diversified 5,000 acre farm and ranch near Bismarck, ND.  Their ranch focuses on farming and ranching in nature’s image.

 The Browns holistically integrate their grazing and no-till cropping system, which includes a wide variety of cash crops along with multi-species cover crops along with all natural grass fed beef, poultry and sheep.  This diversity and integration has regenerated the natural resources on the ranch without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and fungicides.

Over 2,000 people visit the Brown’s Ranch annually to see for this unique operation for themselves.  They have had visitors from all 50 states and 16 foreign countries.


The conference agenda includes concurrent interactive workshop sessions exploring topics of soil management, water management, composting, livestock grazing, introduction to permaculture and more.

The conference will also feature an exhibit hall to provide companies, advocacy groups and any other organizations the opportunity to connect with attendees and network professionally.  Space is limited vendor booth sales and managed on a first-come first-served basis.


SPONSORSHIP: Sponsorship of the conference is available to companies or organizations that want to show their support for the event. Please contact Pete Pearson, ICSA Board Director at or 208-283-8541 if you are interested in exhibiting or sponsoring the event.


ABOUT: The Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture is a 501(c)(3) organization formed to promote local and sustainable food communities through research, collaboration with farmers, and the expansion of local food distribution.



What are my hotel/transport/parking options getting to the event?

The following hotel is partnering with our event to give out of town attendees special rates.

  • Fairfield Inn and Suites (208-467-5888) $79 
Event parking provided by the Nampa Civic Center.
Thanksgiving Dinner @ Ruberts at Hotel McCall
Nov 27 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Thanksgiving Dinner


 From our family to yours, let Rupert’s host you this Thanksgiving! Delicious entrees provide something for everyone and the dessert menu will leave your sweet tooth satisfied. Find the perfect wine pairing to go with each dish from our extensive wine list featuring several of our favorite Idaho wines. Please call 2028.634.8108 for reservations. Dinner is served from 1pm – 5pm Thanksgiving day.