Workshop Tracks

Click on one of the tracks below to see the list of workshops available.

Health and Well-being:

  • Our communities are under constant assault from everything to the overabundance of cheap, processed food in our neighborhoods, unsafe drinking water in our cities to police brutality throughout the nation. How do we build and maintain health despite this attack to our existence? What are the ways in which we heal and thrive personally and as a community? As growers and activists, how do we take care of our minds, bodies and spirits? This workshop track will:
    • Explore ways in which we heal and nurture ourselves through food and farming
    • Learn and share new and old ways of practicing self and community care

Our Next Generation of Farmers (Youth/Young Adults):

  • The Average age of a farmer in the US is 58.5  year old. Who is going to lead the next  generation of farmers. It’s up to our youth. Rooting in a rich history  of agriculture we need the voices, faces and leadership that reflect our community and heritage. This workshop will:
    • Discuss some of the challenges as well as successes that young farmers are facing.Network with other groups doing working around food  and social justice issues.
    • Hear from youth leaders who are making a change in the food movement

Farmer-to-Farmer:

  • Despite a rich and significant farming history in the United States, people of African descent are today grossly underrepresented in the farming population, comprising less than 2% of all American farmers.  This workshop track will explore ways to:
    • Strengthen networks among existing farmers and enhance links to critical resources including open forums with USDA officials
    • Encourage and support the next generation of farmers and urban gardeners, who face considerable barriers to entry, and identify solutions for access to land, capital and culturally appropriate and affirming training programs

Food Policy and Action Planning:

  • Too often, when government, nonprofit, or business leaders convene to discuss problems plaguing the black community, the people in our communities who are most affected are shut out of the conversation.  This workshop track will draw panelists and participants from diverse backgrounds to:
    • Investigate various approaches to food policy—including academic, technical, legislative, grassroots and other models
    • Assess the impact of various approaches on our health, wealth, and culture
    • Define steps to inspire action in our organizations and communities using the most promising approaches

Building Self-Reliant Communities:

  • Increasingly, the food that sustains us is provided by a system that depletes us—our health, our soil, our security. Investing our time and expertise in building alternative food system models is imperative.  This workshop track will:
    • Highlight successful alternative models already in operation—from farming cooperatives to urban mobile markets to the digital food revolution
    • Identify resources necessary to spur the development of future models, such as small-scale incubators and urban processing centers
    • Brainstorm new alternatives for food production, distribution and consumption that create healthy jobs, healthy food and healthy communities

From Seed to Table:

  • Local farms and gardens were once the linchpins of our communities.  As generations of African Americans left rural farms for cities throughout the last century, our connection to the soil has diminished along with our access to healthy foods and our ability to sustain productive, prospering black communities.  In this workshop track, presenters and participants will:

    • Explore ways to bridge the divide between urban and rural through partnerships that revive our local food economies
    • Chart the declining quality of food available in our communities, the political, economic and cultural reasons behind it, and what is being done across the country to counteract it.

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