Join members of the Local Food Academy for an in-depth exploration of the state of the art in food localization!

Hosted by Academy creators Michael Brownlee and Lynette Marie Hanthorn, this is a gathering of people working at the front lines of the local food revolution, forging pathways to the building of highly localized regional foodsheds.




A revolutionary three-day gathering of local food pioneers, held in beautiful Boulder, Colorado!


Oct. 4 - 6, 2018



An adventure in co-creative learning

  • pattern language for food localization, an essential set of practical tools for foodshed catalysts

  • Breakthrough evolutionary framework to guide the process of localizing the food supply

  • The role of transformational communication in food localization efforts​

  • Powerful healing and self-care practices that will continually support you in your work​

Most importantly, this will be a time for conversation, networking, and relationship building
among the growing international community of foodshed catalysts--farmers and ranchers,

food hub managers, local food entrepreneurs, food policy activists, food system developers,

intensive gardeners, and permaculture practitioners.

“The Foodshed Catalyst Convergence is mainly about restoring those essential relationships among and between people of the earth so that they can create sustainable local food systems that not only meet the needs of all in the present but leave equal or better opportunities for those of the future. I think this is some of the most important work that’s going on anywhere around the country, or perhaps in the world today, because our current global food system simply is not sustainable in the most basic sense of that word. This threatens the very future of humanity. We’re at a point where change in our food system is no longer an option. It is an absolute necessity.”

JOHN IKERD, Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri

Guest Speakers

We've invited several special guests to share their wisdom during the Convergence, true leaders of the local food revolution. There will be ample time for in-depth dialogue with them!

Philip Gregory

Astrophysicist and regenerative agriculture advocate

Carolyn Baker

Author, collapse coach

Brian Coppom

SOIL (Slow Opportunities for Investing Locally), Boulder County Farmers Market

Chef Daniel Asher

River and Woods Restaurant

Philip Taylor

Mad Agriculture

Chef Kelly Whitaker

Basta, Noble Grain Alliance

Tim Rinne

Hawley Hamlet, Nebraska Food Council

Meet your hosts...

Experienced guides for the food localization journey

Michael Brownlee is the author of Reclaiming the Future: How to Lead the Local Food Revolution in Your Community (2018) and The Local Food Revolution: How Humanity Will Feed Itself in Uncertain Times (2016).


A Colorado native, Michael lives in Boulder (“America’s foodiest town,” according to Bon Appetit magazine), where he and partner Lynette Marie Hanthorn operate Local Food Catalysts LLC, an online publishing and events company supporting emerging leaders in the unfolding local food revolution.


Together in 2017 they launched the Local Food Academy for emerging foodshed catalysts, offering online trainings, workshops, personal coaching, and consulting. 


Michael and Lynette Marie produced the online 2017 Local Food Summit, featuring more than 90 pre-recorded presentations and interviews with local food leaders in the U.S. and internationally.


They also initiated one of the first Slow Money investment groups in the U.S., providing low-interest loans to local food and farming enterprises in Colorado.


Previously, they co-founded Local Food Shift Group (formerly known as Transition Colorado, the first officially-recognized Transition Initiative in North America), a nonprofit organization dedicated to building community resilience and self-reliance through localizing the food supply.

Reserve your place in the Oct. 4 - 6 Foodshed Catalyst Convergence now!

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