Community Food Systems Conference, Boston, Dec. 5-7

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 8:00am to Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 4:00pm
Boston Park Plaza 50 Park Plaza Boston, MA 02116

Exploring the intersection of food security, social justice, and sustainable agriculture

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.
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.

Workshop presentations will span the following topics:
Community Partnerships / Farm-to-All / Food Justice / Movement Building / Social Enterprise / Policy / Measuring Impacts / Labor / Youth

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.
Click here to see the main conference website that includes links to our workshops, presenters, reception, field trips and pre-conference session information.

Conference Highlights

Keynote and plenary sessions on food security, social justice and sustainable agriculture.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.
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 speakers

Plenary panelists:

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
Moderated by Andy Fisher, Co-Founder of the Community Food Security Coalition and author of Big Hunger

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.
Reception at the Boston Public Market, featuring locally sourced hors d'oeuvres, drinks, live music and entertainment, presentations by guest speakers, and a tour of the market site.

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