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Community Food Systems Conference

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, December 7, 2017 (All day)
Boston, MA

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Where: Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Conference Overview

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project's Community Food Systems Conference will address common underlying themes between food security, social justice and sustainable agriculture including obstacles in urban and rural environments and fostering community empowerment to create and sustain resilient local food systems. This conference is possible thanks to funding from the Community Food Projects grant program of USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

We will provide space for conversations around promoting, facilitating, and supporting self-reliance; breaking down barriers to racial justice; connecting communities to their food sources; and impacting communities at the local and regional level through sustainable food production.

The conference will bring together leaders in, and advocates of, food security, sustainable agriculture and social justice movements to discuss their range of perspectives, how these areas overlap, and how to support one another’s work.

We expect 500 attendees from the fields of community food security, social justice and sustainable agriculture. Estimated registration price $200 - $300. Early bird discount and scholarship opportunities will also be available.

Conference Highlights

  • Keynote and plenary sessions on food security, social justice and sustainable agriculture.
    • Keynote speaker: Winona LaDuke, award-winning environmentalist and political activist working and residing on the White Earth reservation in Northern Minnesota; founder of White Earth Land Recovery Project and the Indigenous Women’s Network; and active author and speaker
    • Plenary panelists (moderated by Andy Fisher):
      • Janaki Jaganath, former Coordinator at Community Alliance for Agroecology
      • Diana Robinson, Campaign and Education Coordinator at Food Chain Workers Alliance, a lead organization of the HEAL Food Alliance
      • Malik Yakini, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network
  • 50+ workshops, lightning talks, and networking sessions focused on food justice, policy, best practices, experiential education, sustainability, economic development, building community, and promoting access to healthy food in underserved communities.
  • Exhibit hall for leading non-profit, academic, business and government organizations in the community food field.
  • Field trips to see community food systems work in action at various Boston-area organizations.
  • Pre-conference trainings and forums geared toward targeted audiences for delving deeper into specific food systems work.
  • Meals featuring locally-grown foods and a reception at Boston Public Market.

Workshop presentations will span the following topics:

Community Partnerships / Farm-to-All / Food Justice / Movement Building / Social Enterprise / Policy / Measuring Impacts / Labor / Youth

Featured image courtesy of Shelburne Orchards.