Looking for opportunities to get involved in local food ethics initiatives? Browse below for events submitted by members of the New Ethics of Food network. You can submit your own events by filling out the form here.

Adult Summer Cooking Class
June 6, 2017, 1:00 pm - September 19, 2017, 3:00 pm
Eastern Market Detroit, MI

We will be hosting a series of cooking classes this summer at our Tuesday Markets! Each class is $15 or $12 for seniors. Classes will be held in the Eastern Market Community Kitchen in Shed 5 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm.


Imlay City Blueberry Festival
July 21, 2017, 12:00 am - July 22, 2017, 12:00 am

The Blueberry Festival is an annual event that brings 8,000-10,000 people into Imlay City, Michigan. The two day event features crafters, artists, entertainers, and children’s activities. The Friday firework show is always a big band and the parade on Saturday is a crowd favorite!


Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret
July 22, 2017, 9:00 am - July 22, 2017, 12:00 pm
907 North Delaware

Join us for a showing of the environmental documentary Cowspiracy. Doors open at 8:30am.


Sweet Corn Festival
July 23, 2017, 11:00 am - July 23, 2017, 5:00 pm
211 S. Donerville Road

Mmmm, sweet corn and summer! They go hand in hand, and we have decided to kick-off the opening of our corn maze and the Summer Season of the Barnyard Kingdom by showcasing one of our favorite summer crops. Activities will include a corn maze, live music, “corny” contests, delicious food, and much more.


Women Rooted in Agriculture
July 25, 2017, 10:30 am - July 25, 2017, 2:00 pm
429 S. Market Street

Women Rooted in Agriculture is designed to provide education to women in the agriculture industry. This event will touch upon issues that women face day to day and also help them grow their business.


2017 ACI Golf Outing
July 26, 2017, 7:30 am - July 26, 2017, 2:00 pm
3887 US-52

Join us for a great day of excellent golf on a beautifully designed, award-winning course; tremendous conversation; and wonderful food and fun. Gather your golf-loving co-workers and put together a team from your company. All and welcome and all skill levels are encouraged to participate.


Owensville Watermelon Festival
July 27, 2017, 12:00 am - July 29, 2017, 11:59 pm
110 South Main Street

Held on the library square in downtown Owensville, the festival features rides, games, food, pageants, talent show and a parade!


Edible Flint Food Garden Tour
July 27, 2017, 4:30 pm - July 27, 2017, 8:30 pm

The Food Garden Tour is an annual event where people travel, either by bus or bike, to various food gardens in the Flint area. The tour is a celebration of food gardens in the area.


10th Annual Peak Harvest Farm Dinner
July 27, 2017, 5:30 pm - July 27, 2017, 10:00 pm
825 West Erie Street

We’re bringing the farm back to Chicago! Join us for a 4-course menu designed by local chefs, cocktails from local purveyors, live bluegrass, a fresh pie stand, and much more.


New Grower Study Circle
July 27, 2017, 6:00 pm - July 27, 2017, 8:30 pm

Penn State Extension is teaming up with the beginning and establishing growers to offer study circles. Study circles allow you to learn from experienced farmers and experts, as well as compare notes with your peers. The meetings are free for farmers and open to all interested persons.


Marquette Blueberry Festival
July 28, 2017, 10:00 am - July 28, 2017, 7:00 pm

In downtown Marquette, Michigan, streets will be bustling with sidewalk sales, food vendors, artists, inflatable arcade games and activities. Restaurants will satisfy your cravings for blueberry fare, from blueberry pizza to blueberry beer. Local farmers will be on hand throughout the day selling fresh produce, including mounds of plump blueberries.


Composting For Kids
July 29, 2017, 10:00 am - July 29, 2017, 11:00 am
1461 Schoenersville Road

Composting can be fun and easy! Join Captain Compost and Mr. Worm to learn how to make and use compost – and learn all about the decomposers who help. The workshop is geared toward children ages 6 to 12.


Saxony Market: Corn Day
July 29, 2017, 8:00 pm - July 30, 2017, 12:00 pm

Celebrate Indiana sweet corn season this Saturday! Saxony Market, presented by IU Health Saxony, is excited to host its annual Corn Day event. Market shoppers can enjoy a free roasted ear of corn, thanks to the Clover Kids 4H Group, while shopping for their favorite fresh produce, baked goods, artisan items, and more. Stop by the market from 8a-12p, we guarantee you’ll leave smiling ear to ear!


Little Traverse Bay Small Farm Guild Meeting
August 3, 2017, 7:00 pm - August 3, 2017, 9:00 pm
215 E Lake St

First Thursdays of the month, farmers and wanna-be farmers of the Small Farm Guild of Little Traverse Bay informally meet in downtown Petoskey at Beards Brewery. The conversation is always lively and you’re bound to hear about how to resolve a pest issue, learn about a new source for equipment, or explore ways to team up with fellow farmers on orders, projects or shared work. Come on down!


Buy Michigan Now Festival
August 4, 2017, 4:00 pm - August 6, 2017, 5:00 pm

Entering its 9th year in downtown Northville, the Buy Michigan Now Festival is a weekend celebration of the state’s annual Buy Michigan Week. This family-friendly event includes tasty treats, street vendors, live music, and children’s activities, all highlighting Michigan-based businesses and Michigan-made products.


Pittsburgh VegFest
August 5, 2017, 11:00 am - August 5, 2017, 5:00 pm

VegFest expects to draw over 8,000 visitors by offering activities like cooking and food demonstrations, live music, informative speakers, and kids activities. Small business merchandise and wellness vendors, non-profit animal welfare organizations, and the city’s BEST veg food will be spread out across Allegheny Park.


Food and Grower's Salsa Competition in Batesville Indiana
August 5, 2017, 1:00 pm - August 5, 2017, 3:00 pm

Do you make a mean salsa? Are you dying to get recognized for your homegrown tomatoes? Enter to win Food and Grower’s Salsa Competition.


VegMichigan Summer Fest
August 6, 2017, 11:00 am - August 6, 2017, 5:00 pm
Madonna University in Livonia (MI)

Come enjoy your favorite summer foods, live bands, shopping and more!


Big Table Dinner: Julia de Burgos Park
August 6, 2017, 5:30 pm - August 6, 2017, 7:30 pm
1805 N Albany Ave

Join us for an evening of food and conversation to celebrate the amazing urban agriculture that is happening all over Chicago. The Big Table Dinner is farm-to-table style dinner that features local restaurants and food growers. The dinner is hosted by the Green City Market Junior Board in partnership with Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks and designed to bring together farmers, producers, chefs, agricultural activists, community leaders, local business owners, food lovers, neighbors, and more to share a free meal in the park.


National Blueberry Festival
August 10, 2017, 12:00 am - August 13, 2017, 11:59 pm

The 54th Annual National Blueberry Festival will be held August 10-13, 2017 in beautiful South Haven, Michigan! This family-friendly festival promises fun for all ages, with kids activities, free outdoor concerts, 5k/10k runs, a craft fair, benefit dinners, pancake breakfasts, an airport fly-in and classic car show, kids blueberry pie eating contest, fresh blueberries for sale, pies, preserves, plants and much much more!


Veggie Fest 2017
August 12, 2017, 12:00 am - August 13, 2017, 11:59 pm
5700 College Road

Welcome to our 12th annual Veggie Fest, one of the largest vegetarian food and lifestyle festivals in North America. Find us this year at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. Bring your friends, family, appetite, curiosity, and those dancing feet. With over 1,000 volunteers from around the world, we are making this the best Veggie Fest yet!


Environmental Advocate Training – Fort Wayne
August 12, 2017, 2:00 pm - August 12, 2017, 5:00 pm
900 Library Plaza

Join our Outreach Coordinator, Amanda Shepherd, for the latest training of HEC’s (Hoosier Environmental Council) volunteer program! We will discuss potential roles that you can play in our work across the state, how to engage with citizens and legislators, opportunities for action, and more


SASHA Farm Humane Fair
August 13, 2017, 12:00 pm - August 13, 2017, 4:00 pm
17901 Mahrle Road

The annual SASHA Farm Humane Fair offers you the opportunity to connect with local advocacy groups, meet the animals on guided tours, and enjoy a delicious, vegan, catered lunch.  This is a great way to learn more about SASHA Farm and how you can help animals locally and beyond!


Twilight Tour: Gills Pier Ranch
August 14, 2017, 6:00 pm - August 14, 2017, 8:00 pm
5620 N Manitou Trail

High-quality grass and healthy Lake Michigan winds near the Gills Pier Ranch create an amazing environment for raising multipurpose livestock that are grass-fed, sustainable, and light on the land. Join us for a tour, a chance to meet the animals, and a conversation around the cycle of the yak that starts and ends on the land. From composting manure, harvesting fiber, to producing meat, this tour will offer a look at sustainable ranching in Northern Michigan.


The Edible Gardens Workshop
August 19, 2017, 9:30 am - August 19, 2017, 10:15 am
2001 N Clark St

Come visit The Edible Gardens planted and maintained by Green City Market. Experience the urban agriculture movement growing right in the heart of Lincoln Park Zoo! Our team of expert garden educators will lead you on a walk-through tour of the organic garden and share their tips and how-to’s for eating nutritiously and growing your own food. You’ll also join us in seasonal hands-on gardening tasks from seeding and planting, to soil prep and composting, to harvesting and tasting.


Tomato Fest 2017
August 19, 2017, 12:00 pm - August 19, 2017, 5:00 pm
209 E Wardlow Road (MI)

The event will include vendors, local artisans, live music, cooking demonstrations by professional chefs who will be preparing dishes from ingredients straight from the garden, seminars, greenhouse and garden tours, and of course, tomato tasting.


Field Day: Pasture-Raised Livestock in the Chicago Suburbs
August 20, 2017, 10:00 am - August 20, 2017, 3:00 pm
18 N 681 IL Route 31

Spend a day touring the diverse operations of All Grass Farms. Tour the new grass fed beef pasture, the historic dairy barn, and the on-farm retail store. Grass fed burgers, buns, and fixings will be supplied. Please bring a side dish, appetizer, or dessert to share.


Organic Vegetable Seed Production and Varietal Selection Workshop
August 22, 2017, 9:00 am - August 22, 2017, 3:00 pm
1340 Cherry Lane

Join partners from the Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture (CIOA) and Tomato Organic Management and Improvement (TOMI) projects for a one-day classroom and field based workshop on organic varietal development and seed production. Nationally renowned researchers from Purdue University, University of Wisconsin, and Organic Seed Alliance will lead this course and instruction will include:

Seed biology fundamentals

Harvesting, processing, and storing seed

Population size and isolation requirements

Managing pathogens during seed production and after harvest

On-farm variety trialing and participatory breeding techniques

We’ll also connect with chefs to develop and identify varieties that shine in the kitchen.


Harvest Family Day in Minneapois
August 26, 2017, 12:00 pm - August 26, 2017, 3:00 pm
704 South Second Street

Learn about harvest time in the 19th century with a day of family activities. Make seed art and a book project, taste fresh bread, join in story time, help thresh grain and check out the Science of Butter demonstrations in the Baking Lab. Plus, History Player Mary Dodge Woodward will share stories about harvest time on a giant “bonanza” farm. Come early for entertainment and activities at the Mill City Farmers Market.


Introduction to Aquaponics
September 2, 2017, 12:00 pm - September 2, 2017, 2:00 pm
1400 W 46th St

Come learn the basics of aquaponic farming with Plant Chicago’s Technology Coordinator, Eric Weber.  The class will cover how aquaponics works, its benefits, types of growing systems and tips on how to build your own system.


Taste of Madison
September 2, 2017, 2:00 pm - September 3, 2017, 7:00 pm

Annual Labor Day weekend event featuring more than 80 local restaurants, 26 beverage stands, and 3 music stages. This is a free event. Taste of Madison raises $60,000 annually for local non-profit and charitable organizations.


Posen Potato Festival
September 8, 2017, 12:00 am - September 10, 2017, 12:00 am

Potato festivals can be pretty plain, just like a spud without cheddar, bacon, sour cream and the works. If you want your spud (and overall festival experience) fully loaded, stop by the Posen Potato Festival located in Posen, Michigan. You’ll get your fix of tasty potatoes, take part in the Spud Run 5k, enjoy polka music performances, and get involved in various other activities.


Big Table Dinner: Garfield Park Conservatory
September 10, 2017, 5:30 pm - September 10, 2017, 7:00 pm
300 North Central Park Avenue

Join us for an evening of food and conversation to celebrate the amazing urban agriculture that is happening all over Chicago. The Big Table Dinner is farm-to-table style dinner that features local restaurants and food growers. The dinner is hosted by the Green City Market Junior Board in partnership with Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks and designed to bring together farmers, producers, chefs, agricultural activists, community leaders, local business owners, food lovers, neighbors, and more to share a free meal in the park.


Healthy Food Connect Education and Training
September 11, 2017, 8:00 am - September 11, 2017, 12:00 pm
18600 Haggerty Road (MI)

In December 2016, the first of five education and training events was held at the Albert L. Lorenzo Cultural Center at Macomb Community College.  Local and national experts discussed healthy food policy at all levels of government. All events in the Healthy Food Connect Education and Training series are open to the public.


Grand Rapids VegFest
September 17, 2017, 12:00 am - September 17, 2017, 11:59 pm

Mark your calendars, ladies and gents! This year, we are placing emphasis on food vendors and cooking demonstrations. Our aim is to support local businesses and plant based resources that are easy to access in West Michigan! Get ready for a day full of fun and tasty food that feeds that heart and soul.


Mint Creek Farm Dinner with Sarah Rinkavage
September 23, 2017, 2:30 pm - September 23, 2017, 9:00 pm
1693 East 3800N Road

Join Green City Market and Mint Creek Farm for a Farm Dinner and Tour in Cabery, IL. This Farm Dinner is hosted by Chef Sarah Rinkavage of Lula Cafe and is a fundraising event for Green City Market.


Illinois Stewardship's 10th Annual Harvest Celebration
September 24, 2017, 5:00 pm - September 24, 2017, 9:00 pm
4965 2nd St

Where can you find central Illinois’ finest chefs, most delicious food, and toe-tapping-ist live music all in one place? At Illinois Stewardship Alliance’s Annual Harvest Celebration, that’s where! Celebrate the bounty of the harvest with us during this charity fundraising event. This year more than six of Central Illinois’ finest chefs are coming together for a magical evening to support local food and farming in Illinois.


2017 Indiana Food Summit
September 25, 2017, 12:00 am - September 26, 2017, 12:00 am
420 Univeristy Blvd

Each year, Purdue Extension, along with many partnering organizations, hosts the annual Indiana Local Food Summit. This event provides learning, networking and sharing opportunities for the people, communities and organizations working to create an Indiana food system that is more resilient, economically vibrant and diverse. Attendees will learn about new topics and be able to take a deep dive into learning and professional development as well as share their own community work with those from their region. Everyone attending the food summit will learn something new, make more network connections and be able to tell their story to others. Creating a vibrant food system in your community can increase the quality of life for all residents, making healthy food and food access all part of the equation.


TURN Festival
September 30, 2017, 12:00 pm - September 30, 2017, 6:00 pm
3020 Nowland Ave, Indianapolis

TURN out for Circle City’s celebration of urban sustainability -farm, food, health and environment. This day long event focuses on sustainable and healthier lifestyle practices with over 50 hands-on demonstrations, exhibits, children’s activities, music and food. Any proceeds from the festival will benefit Paramount’s urban farm, environmental education and summer Success Through Education Agriculture and Mentoring (STEAM) programs.


Harvest at the Grand Traverse Commons
October 7, 2017, 5:00 pm - October 7, 2017, 8:00 pm
830 Cottageview Dr

Enjoy fabulous food, local libations, and lively entertainment at Harvest at the Commons, an annual farm to table community feast at the historic grounds of the Grand Traverse Commons. This event features a three-course family-style meal prepared by Traverse City’s own Harvest Restaurant and NMC Culinary Institute, as well as a selection of regional wine, beer and cocktails.


REAP Pie Palooza
October 22, 2017, 12:00 am - October 22, 2017, 12:00 am
149 Waubesa Street

This annual event celebrates local, Wisconsin-grown ingredients and all things pie.


7th Annual Food Day – University of Minnesota
October 24, 2017, 10:00 am - October 24, 2017, 3:00 pm
Coffman Memorial Student Union – Great Hall

Food Day is an annual event at the University of Minnesota, organized by students with help from the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute. The event is free to the public, and is a day to resolve to make changes in our diets and to take action to solve food related problems.


Buy Michigan Now Fall Fest
October 28, 2017, 11:00 am - October 29, 2017, 4:00 pm

The fall fest is a family-friendly event that features Michigan-made products, tasty treats, live entertainment, and children’s activities. Come on out for food and fun and to support local businesses.


Indianapolis' Monumental Marathon
November 4, 2017, 12:00 am - November 4, 2017, 11:59 pm
200 W Washington St

Second Helpings is honored to be a featured community partner for the 2017 CNO Financial Group Monumental Marathon’s Run for a Cause! Whether you plan to participate in the race or simply would like to support the efforts of someone else who’s running, Monumental Marathon makes it simple and easy to get involved. When you register, join Team Second Helpings to join the fight against food insecurity in Central Indiana.


35th Annual Herb Faire
November 4, 2017, 9:00 am - November 4, 2017, 3:00 pm
3330 Atwood Ave

This fun and educational even is focused on growing and using herbs. Held at Madison’s renowned Olbrich Gardens.


Healthy Food Connect Education and Training
November 8, 2017, 8:00 am - November 8, 2017, 12:00 pm
1151 Village Road (MI)

In December 2016, The first of five education and training events was held at the Albert L. Lorenzo Cultural Center at Macomb Community College. Local and national experts discussed healthy food policy at all levels of government. All events in the Healthy Food Connect Education and Training series are open to the public. Topic to be announced.


Emerging Farmers Conference
January 26, 2018, 12:00 am - January 27, 2018, 12:00 am
1890 Buford Ave.

The Emerging Farmers Conference (formerly the Immigrant and Minority Farmers Conference) is a program of the Minnesota Food Association, and serves to advance the success and sustainability of farmers who face barriers to the education and resources needed to build an agricultural business.


2018 Michigan Farmers Market Conference
March 6, 2018, 12:00 am - March 7, 2018, 12:00 am

The two-day conference features three tracks and educational sessions led by experts in farmers market management and agriculture. This annual event brings together people from across the state to learn, network, and share ideas and resources.