Appalachian Food & Agriculture Summit 2012: Common Roots, Common Goals - March 23-25 at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. The inaugural Appalachian Food and Agriculture Summit 2012: Common Roots, Common Goals will provide opportunities for connection, education, discourse, and hands on experience focused on engaging in a healthy food system. Through workshops, FOOD, farm tours, hands-on components, poster sessions, and keynotes, this summit should help showcase the benefits of understanding your food system. There will be a registration cost for this event. Several meals will be included in your participation in AFAS 2012. Those looking for housing will have a slightly higher registration cost and those not needing housing for the weekend will get a slightly lower rate. To register, check out our website: www.afas2012.com. Registration will be entirely online and will include a short survey. AFAS 2012 is happening March 23 - 25, 2012. Saturday includes workshops and a poster session to showcase projects, businesses, research, programs, organizations in the Appalachian region. If you're interested in hosting a workshop or manning a table during the poster session, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Students involved with the Sustainable Food Corps at Virginia Tech as well as the Civic Agriculture and Food Systems Minor at Virginia Tech are collaborating to put on this inaugural event. All questions, comments, concerns, and brainstorms for this summit welcomed. Simply email email@example.com. Goals of the AFAS 2012: Provide opportunities for education and discourse centered around access and support of the Appalachian Food System(s); Facilitate hands on experiences associated with Food and Agricultural practice; Create connections among participants to help maintain healthy community/regional food systems; Create space for a diversity of perspectives; Showcase Appalachian Food Systems.