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Pre-Conferences and Special Events

Pre-Conference - Farm to Fork Tour

Wednesday, April 11 • 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Wisconsin Beef Council; Edge, A Dairy Farmer Cooperative (formally DBMMC); and Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association Women’s Auxiliary

Attendees will gather valuable information on modern farming practices, sustainability, animal nutrition and will leave with a greater knowledge and appreciation of the beef and dairy industry. Boxed lunches will be provided.

Pre-Conference - Personalized Nutrition - Never Look Back
Wednesday, April 11 • 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Susan Allen-Evenson, RDN, CCN - Next Level Functional Nutrition

Time to move past the one-size-fits all approaches to nutrition intervention. Set yourself apart but offering not just diet specific, but client specific truly personalized nutrition. This “systems biology” approach, common to the Integrative and Functional Medicine model utilizes a deeper assessment to uncover specific issues that underlie common health concerns, and provides the basis for more fine-tuned individual intervention. This session will define the RDN’s roles and opportunities using personalized nutrition to its fullest potential ensuring the most successful outcomes.

NEW THIS YEAR!  Integrative and Functional Nutrition Vendor Lunch
Wednesday, April 11 • 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Join us for this special opportunity to meet with and view products and services specifically geared towards the Integrative and Functional Medicine model of practice.

Pre-Conference - Harvesting Health Through the Power of a Garden
Wednesday, April 11 • 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Jen Haugen, RND, LD – Down to Earth Dietitian

Through powerful stories and inspiring messages, this presentation is for nutrition professionals who wish to use a garden as a natural way to entice families and clients into healthier eating habits. Using current research on gardening as well as practical experience, the speaker will provide dynamic ideas on what makes a garden so powerful and how to implement those ideas wherever you are in your career. The speaker is a registered dietitian, mom, and master gardener. She developed a nationally-renowned and award-winning children’s gardening program. She currently uses gardening as a nutrition education tool in her nutrition business. She’s also the author of the new book “The Mom’s Guide to a Nourishing Garden,” which includes everything you need to know to plant more than 35 different garden fruits and vegetables, along with 30 garden fresh recipes.

Pre-Conference - ROCKET SCIENCE: Recipe Development Workshop
Wednesday, April 11 • 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Chef Justin Johnson – Sustainable Kitchens

Join Justin Johnson and the Sustainable|Kitchens team for a three-hour, in-depth workshop on how to develop real world scratch recipes for the institutional segment. The workshop will focus on the nuts and bolts of setting up a scratch food operation from equipment and facilities to the “food service formula,” economies of scale, the importance of the right human beings and how high volume should not be a deterrent to transitioning to scratch food service. You will also learn how to develop a comprehensive archive of recipes using the Sustainable|Kitchen’s “Recipe Tree” system. You will then apply these principles in several hands-on cooking and team-building exercises to put your new-found expertise into action!


Expo Hall, Bucket Raffle, and Poster Presentations
Thursday, April 12 • 
3:15 – 5: 30 p.m.

Food, equipment and nutrition vendors and institutions will exhibit their products and services. Visit the poster gallery to view work and research done by your colleagues. Support WAND Scholarships by participating in the bucket raffle.


Political Action Committee – Reception and Dinner

Thursday, April 12 •5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

*Proceeds will go to the WAND PAC – The WAND PAC is the only political action committee in Wisconsin focused on food, nutrition and health.