Inspiring Our Next Generation


SATURDAY (11/5)  11:00-12:15 PM

Race, Place and Injustice

This workshop will hit on multiple dimensions of wellness; Physical- Nutrition, Intellectual- Advocacy, and Environmental—Environmental Justice and Sustainability. We will highlight the issues of neighborhood conditions and health disparities as they relate to social determinants of health, environmental and food justice. We will help to define food deserts, healthy homes and the impact of environmental conditions on community health and wellness. 


  • Hunter Scott, Environmental Health Watch/Rid-All Urban Farm
  • Zri Hitchcock Environmental Health Watch/Rid-All Urban Farm
  • Isa Muhammad

*session will be recorded*


Abolition Strategies: Deconstructing and Reconstructing Food Systems

Historically abolition has been a framework for deconstructing systems of oppression including chattel slavery, and prisons. Deconstructing oppressive systems that no longer serve communities, and instead cause further harm and trauma requires multilayer approaches that move along a spectrum of reform to radical to revolutionary. The strategies employed by abolitionist historically to deconstruct those systems and reconstruct new ones in the vision of those most harmed have a wealth of tactical knowledge to share with emerging movements. This workshop will provide a basic framework for abolition strategies specifically framed within the lens of resisting anti blackness. The workshop will also provide a dialectical space for inquiry and building collective understanding around the practical application of abolition strategies to our broken anti black food system. *This workshop is for individuals who are of African Descent or who Identify as racially Black.


  • Beatriz Beckford, National Black Food & Justice Alliance
  • Randolph Carr, National Black Food & Justice Alliance, Fresh Stop Markets in Kentucky

4 C's to Building a New Generation of Female Farmers and Food Fighters

We have seen the headlines: Agriculture has an image problem. Just this summer, a Huffington Post article shared that it is time we made agriculture ‘cool’ for new generations. When you Google, “black women and agriculture,” images reminiscent of antebellum plantation era pops into our imagination. So no surprise that the recent USDA Agricultural Census reported only 6100 Black female farmers in America. Yet studies show our children’s generation is supposed to die before us due to childhood obesity. With a lack of role models, mentorship, leadership and advocacy of women food leaders, black girls need food sheroes and programs to inspire them to become the change we need. So how do we change that? In this workshop, hear from a new generation of Women Advancing Nutrition Dietetics and Agriculture smashing silos to build a movement from farm to fork. By reclaiming, renewing and rebranding the narrative of women and girls of African descent, she has launched a new girl empowerment series entitled “Where’s WANDA?” to inspire our girls to heal our community through food, womanhood and heritage. Learn how WANDA is bringing #blackgirlmagic to agriculture and nutrition and how you can join the movement. 


  • Tambra Stevenson, MS, Founder and CEO, WANDA 
  • Justa Lujwangana, MS, RD, Founder of Curious on Tanzania 
  • Hadiyah Crichlow, MS, RD 
  • Tanya Fields, Founder and Executive Director, BLK Projek 


Organized by Women Advancing Nutrition Dietetics and Agriculture


Cafeteria Cooking is a Revolutionary Act

Cooking real food is a revolutionary act. Food is about nourishment and is fundamental to our existence. The nature of food ensures that much of this work is inherently hands-on and personal while also addressing systemic, structural issues. Quite literally, food is for most people something we handle every day. As more people do not know how to cook, we have lost the means to care for ourselves. Nadine Nelson will share her projects range that can be categorized as Art interventions, regenerative placemaking, adventures in social sculpture, and old fashioned train the trainer models. Central to this work is the engagement with people in culinary education and food justice. Designing programs like Public Kitchen and Master Cooks Corps, T- Stop Meal, Living with S.O.U.L. (Sustainable, Organic, Unprocessed, and Local) Food, Harvest Mandala and others, she uses the kitchen as a revolutionary place for people to feel empowered, learn, connect to the environment, share their culture, provide fellowship, build community, and cook up solutions to brainwashed thinking that food costs too much, it is too hard to grow, not having time to cook, and the best one what about food deserts? She will share concrete examples that show how cooking can liberate the food movement and make it even more delicious.


  • Chef Nadine Nelson, Global Local Gourmet/ Kitchen Oasis

SATURDAY (11/5)  1:30-2:45 PM

A Historical Overview of Black Farmers in Canada

Very little literature exists around the settlement experiences of Black farmers in Canada. Many Black families who fled to Canada from United States were desperate to escape the harsh realities of slavery and Jim Crow laws. Canada, framed as being less racist, and willing to give land to new immigrants appealed to many African Americans as their path to freedom, ownership, and possibly peace. The migration of African Americans from United States to Canada follows a migration map of a resilient and industrious people who left Oklahoma for Alberta in the early 1900’s, Ohio and other States to Ontario in the mid 1800’s, and the unique narrative of the Black Loyalist to Nova Scotia in the 1700’s. From the onset settlements established were farming communities; like Amber Valley in Alberta; Buxton near Chatham-Kent, Queens Bush north of Waterloo in Ontario, and Guysborough in Nova Scotia among others. This history is imperative to understanding the role of land and agriculture in the settlement of Black people but also in the context of livelihood, food security, independence and freedom from a white supremacist colonial system.


  • Abena Kwatemaa A. Offeh-Gyimah

Convening for QTIBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Intersex, Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Farmers, Foodies, and Food Justice Activists

As QTIBIPOC food workers and land workers, we often finding ourselves in primarily cisgender-heteronormative spaces, our lives and work is often invisibilized within our families of origins and in communities of color. Seeing the need to come together and hold space, we launched this space at the Just Food Conference and were blown away and inspired by the dialogues and community building that took place. Different from a workshop or panel, this space is an opportunity to be visible with, connect to one another, and to share our stories/ experiences of resilience. We will emphasize collective learning and healing, for example, this gathering will be interactive, including small group discussions and sharing with each other about how we build resiliency. Indeed, being our full selves builds resiliency and expands our ability to create. Some of the support and information we hope participants will walk away with: --reduce isolation & build community --share resources with other QTIBIPOC farmers and food justice activist --addressing gender & sexuality in our families & communities --coming out as farmers to our families --listserv to stay connected post conference.


  • Lucretia John, Cypress Hills Local Development Corp; KCC Urban Farm
  • Cris Izaguirre, Kingsborough Community College Urban Farm
  • Dean Jackson, Hilltop Urban Gardens

Black Jesus Taught Me: How to start a garden in your community

This workshop will provide participants with the resources, tips, and best practices on starting their own community garden. Participants will learn the types of skills sets need, types of resources they can leverage, and the benefits they can draw from beginning a garden in their community. The workshop focuses on readily applicable self-empowerment strategies that stray from reliance on non-profit certification or large start up investment. This works on building your network, your community, and your garden, Which can lead to your business and/or brand. This workshop focuses on the young adult.


  • Lindsey Lundford, TULIP 
  • Jasmine Ratliff, TULIP 

SATURDAY (11/5)  3:00-4:15 PM

National Black Food & Justice Alliance Caucus and Info Session

This caucus space will provide an introduction to the work of the National Black Food and Justice Alliance, its focus, strategies, and individual/organizational membership. The caucus space will also serve as a political education space for black people within the food movement who are interested in engaging in autonomous black spaces and working on strategies that center resisting anti blackness within the food system and food movement. National Black Food and Justice Alliance is a coalition of Black-led organizations and individuals working towards cultivating and advancing Black leadership, building Black self-determination, Black institution building and organizing for food sovereignty, land and justice. The Alliance seeks to achieve this by engaging in broad based coalition organizing for black food and land, increasing visibility of Black led narratives and work, advancing Black led visions for just and sustainable communities, and building capacity for self-determination within our local, national, and international food systems and land rights work. Our areas of focus include black food sovereignty, self-determining food economies, and land. We approach food sovereignty, land and self-determining food economies via the lens of healing, organizing and resistance against anti-Blackness. *This session s is open to conference attendees who are of African decent or who identify as racially Black.


  • National Black Food & Jusice Alliance

Grow Free: Developing Garden Programs in Juvenile Detention and Alternative Settings

This presentation is designed to inspire anyone involved in food justice to develop programs inside juvenile detention or alternative (JDA) settings. We will explore various programs that could be facilitated in JDA settings, the benefits of such programming, and best practices when facilitating garden programs in a detention setting. The presentation will also briefly delve in the social and political forces behind youth incarceration, and utilize a critical analysis approach towards all subjects explored in the areas of race and patriarchy. Developing gardening programs in JDA settings benefits our communities and our most vulnerable young people, especially during a time when the earth’s healing qualities and support from their community is most needed in their lives. This presentation will explore several potential programs that could be implemented in a JDA setting, such as in production, therapy, academia, cooking, health, entrepreneurship, workforce development, and more. All programs will be examined with a culturally appropriate and liberatory lens. I created, developed, and led a youth prison garden program for four years in DC. The garden space was used for several purposes, including academia, producing value-added products, conduct trainings, holding cooking competitions, donating food to shelters, workforce development, and horticultural therapy. I have also consulted several detention centers in developing JDA programs, as well as held trainings for detention center staff at multiple conferences. Through activities, participants will assess the feasibility of their organization or farm in engaging in such an endeavor, and will gain practical insight towards developing JDA garden programs. Participants will also be provided resources towards initiating JDA garden programs.


  • Mark Bowen, Rethink New Orleans

SUNDAY (11/6)  9:30-10:45 AM

Developing Socially Transformative Garden Education for Youth of African Descent

Socially transformative education seeks to revise or reform the existing social order, it pulls heavily from the works of Paulo Freire. It is a revolutionary approach to education. The Urban Garden is a unique space where transformative education can take place if we are intentional about structuring the garden experience. This interactive workshop will: Discuss the research on how children of African descent learn/Overview of scholarly recommendations Share some successful lesson plans that syncretisize garden tasks with history and or food justice issues. Share, as a group, educational strategies/lesson plans in your garden/farm setting that were effective in creating awareness within the student of the oppressive social conditions people of African descent exist in. What practical solutions, if at all, were derived from this awareness. [sharing best practices] Review of the mechanics of writing a lesson plan As a group develop garden/farm based lesson plans around current social issues Share resources.


  • Ruby Olisemeka, Harlem Grown

Faith and Food: African Descent Faith Communities Address Food Sovereignty

In New York Agriculture awareness is essential in the lives of African descent communities in the ways in which we actively engage in the knowledge and wisdom of healing practices that leads to overall health and wellness of our minds and bodies. The effects of colonization, forced conversion to Christianity, and consumerism in the Western ideological health and food systems has affected the physical, psychological, and spirituality of African descent peoples—ultimately contributing to the genocide of African descent people worldwide. This panel will take an interdisciplinary approach in the ways in which Faith & Food can collaboratively contribute towards reparations by repairing the relationship between faith and food practices within the African Diaspora. Participants will learn Cultural Dietary Diversity & Inclusivity, African Indigenous Relationship with food, Women’s Role in Food and Faith, Reconnecting African Based Religions in America for Food Justice, and new twist Soul vegetarianism and veganism for Conscious Millennials.


Valencia Howard, Operations Manager/Dir. Faith & Food Initiative at Corbin Hill Food Project and Health Minister at AME Zion Church on the Hill in Harlem, NY.

  • Presenters:

    Manbo Dowoti Desir​, High Priestess in the Vodun Tradition, Founder & CEO of Afro-Atlantic Theologies & Treaties, Chair of the NGO Committee for the Elimination of Racism, Afrophobia, and Colorism.


    Sharon Herbert- Hayes​, Christian Lay Leader and Educator, Board Member at Faith in New York, and Director of Social Justice Ministry at Christ Temple Church of the Apostolic Faith


    Rev. Addie Banks,​ Health & Wellness Ministry Consultant with the Groundswell Group


     David Lee,​ Eastern Religious Practice (Hinduism & Buddhism), Ayurvedic Chef


    Brother Rojo​, Ancient Kemetic Spirituality, Co-Founder of Powerful Pioneers, and Alkaline & Vegan Chef


Gaining Power and a Seat at the Table through Policy/Agribusiness

Michelle will dissect elements of our food supply chain and how we can gain power and access within that system as minority farmers. Showcasing successful models, such as Farm Fresh Rhode Island’s farm to business delivery system, Market Mobile, we will explore how to work with different distribution models, accessing infrastructure through wholesale and distribution channels. Working smarter through technology, how do we market and brand and ourselves to gain access to niche customers and have more of a voice in regards to food sourcing? How do we partner with like-minded people in the food system like food incubators? How can we add resiliency to your crop by producing more Value added products and allow B-Grade Produce to work in your favor to reduce waste and bring you profits? Michelle will discuss all of this and more in this agribusiness and marketing session. After viewing state wide food plans and policies being drafted and yet again minorities not being represented at the table, whether through access programs being put into place for “Low income” African American and Latinos or community gardens propping up in those very same communities without any notice or input from minority residents, Georgina strived to focus her work on how to engage our communities through the notion that policy and investment equals power. As Access Chair of the RI Food Policy Council and sitting at the table to observe, Sarpong will showcase ways to add your voice to the local food access conversation, provide actions steps and innovative success models from her years of access work in the local food community.


  • Michelle Cruz, Farm Fresh RI and co-founder of Urban FACTs (Food Agriculture Collaborative Talk Sessions)
  • Georgina Sarong, Farm Fresh RI and co-founder of Urban FACTs (Food Agriculture Collaborative Talk Sessions)

Data Matters: Measuring the Good Things in your Garden or Farm

Join us for an interactive workshop on goal-setting and record-keeping with Farming Concrete. Hear from gardeners and farmers about their experiences and lessons learned with data collection and sample a workshop you can bring back to facilitate with your own garden or farm. By the end of this workshop, participants will have: planned to set clear objectives for the season with their fellow gardeners; selected methods for measuring their progress toward achieving their goals; and practiced using the Farming Concrete website.


  • Sheryll Durrant, Farming Concrete
  • Rosalba Lopez Ramirez, Farming Concrete

Building Self-Reliant Communities through Permaculture

This workshop will expand our knowledge of Permaculture and how we approach the transformation of public and “private” spaces, taking us through some of the best examples from the field of building gardens and large scale sites in urban and rural settings. Chief Coker brilliantly explains the trap of urban development and manages time and time again to snap us out of a sleepwalk with the most clear and real depictions of the realities we have encountered in our collective work. From where Chief Coker and its leaders stand in the movement, they will tie into the conversation of how we have a long way to go and how we recognize that many of us are still approaching our work with a large level of ignorance that play into schemes of oppression, specifically gentrification all in the name of the movements. Chief's magnificent storytelling captivates us and helps us overstand the importance of productive partnerships as the first and most important action to working in our neighbourhoods no matter what part of the movement we subscribe to. We will all want to identify as a Permie once they are done.


  • Chief Toyin Coker Permaculture GTA BCC Yes

Healing Through Fruit Tree Maintenance And Other Therapeutic Garden Components

In this round table, we will explore ways we heal and nurture ourselves through the maintenance of fruit trees and other green space components. We will demonstrate and discuss how and why to prune, weed, and mulch; how to stake the main trunk and branches; and to protect against bugs, wildlife, and other animals; and what disease(s) and pests to look out for. We will incite thought that will allow us to engage in a discussion on the need for us to come together in outdoor healing spaces.


  • RonDell Pooler, Rooted and Sustained LLC
  • Gerald Mcintosh, Seed Planters

Completing Food Waste Cycling Through Soil Building, Composting and Permaculture

The earth's micro-herds living underground process hundreds of tons of detritus daily. These subterranean machines are attracted to the basic recipe of brown (carbon) plus green (nitrogen) plus air, water and time, all which equal GOLD! Dr. Carver taught us that there is “no such thing as waste” and that soil structure is imperative to healthy plant (and planet) propagation. Learn permaculture based principles regarding soil regeneration and rejuvenation. From simple pallet bins and vermicomposting to anaerobic digesters and windrow heaps, we will see the importance and ease of composting. As Black people, we have a special affinity with the earth that courses through our veins. We have lost, by force, this love for the land and are regaining this relationship. Since we all eat, we all create food ""waste"" and can contribute to either helping or hurting our environment.


  • Sizwe Herring, EarthMatters Tennessee 

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