Community Food Systems Conference 2017
December 5 - 7, 2017 - Boston Park Plaza Hotel
Exploring the intersection of food security, social justice, and sustainable agriculture
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Thank you to our sponsors:
Food Solutions New England | Progressive Asset Management - Boston
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.
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. Early bird discount and scholarship opportunities will also be available.
- Keynote and plenary sessions on food security, social justice and sustainable agriculture.
- Keynote speaker (pictured below, left): 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 (pictured below):
- 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
- Aleya Fraser, Farmer & Educator, founder of Black Dirt Farm Collective
- Moderated by Andy Fisher, Co-Founder of the Community Food Security Coalition and author of Big Hunger
Pictured left to right: Diana Robinson | Malik Yakini | Aleya Fraser | Andy Fisher
- 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
There are opportunities to support the 2017 Community Food Systems Conference! Please click here for details.
Our sponsors help to keep this conference accessible and affordable. For further sponsorship information, please see our Sponsorship page. Please contact Kristen Irvin with any sponsorship questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-654-6745 xt.109.
Interested in donating to our scholarship fund to help those in need attend the conference? Please contact Kristen Irvin at email@example.com for more information.
The conference will be taking place at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel at 50 Park Plaza Boston, MA 02116. Hotel room reservations will be available at a special group rate of $139 per night (+ tax). Click here to book your hotel room(s) at the group rate. Field trips will take place at sites in the Boston area. Specific sites and transportation logistics will be communicated in advance.
Request for Proposals Deadline Ended
Thank you for your proposal submissions. The submission deadline was April 15, 2017. We are reviewing proposals and you will hear back from us by the end of June. The proposal instructions are available in this PDF document. Contact Kristen Aldrich (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
This conference is supported in part by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.