CFSC National Conference: October 16-19, 2010

Short Courses and Field Trips

Friday, October 15

9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Trip: Outlaw Local Food? I don’t think so!(FULL)
11:00 am – Sat.
Trip: Returning to Our Roots: A Cajun Experience
12:00 – 4:00 pm
Trip: Revitalizing Main Street with Food (FULL)
4:00 – 6:30 pm
Course: Field Guide to Evaluation, Part I

Saturday, October 16

7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Trip: Cooperation is the Name of the Game
7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Trip: Food Deserts, Food Swamps & Food Access (FULL)
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Trip: Fisheries, Food, and Environmental Justice
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Trip: Lower Ninth Ward Food Projects
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Course: Food Policy Councils: Getting Started, Moving Forward (FULL)
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Course: Growing Urban Agriculture Through Policy Change
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Course: Food Safety and Liability Insurance Issues
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Course: Field Guide to Evaluation, Part II
1:30 – 5:30 pm
Trip: NOLA Urban Agriculture
1:30 – 5:30 pm
Trip: Growing Healthy Kids in New Orleans Schools
1:30 – 5:30 pm
Course: Food Policy Impacts

Field Guide to Evaluation

Jeanette Abi-Nader, CFSC
Michelle Kobayashi, National Research Center, Inc.

Amber Baker, Janus Youth Programs
Eca-Etabo Wasongolo, Janus Youth Programs

FRIDAY 10/15, 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM & SATURDAY 10/16, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

COST: $95.00

(cost includes Lunch and CFP Evaluation Handbook and Toolkit and TOOLS Only CD)

A comprehensive two-day intensive focused on outcome-based evaluation strategies, tools and analysis designed expressly for Community Food Project (CFP) grantees and other CFP practitioners. Come learn how to tell the story of your work’s impact. Trainers will focus on all stages of program evaluation and include innovative evaluation strategies and learning tools.

Food Safety and Liability Insurance Issues for Marketing to Institutions

Kristen Markley, Community Food Security Coalition
David Runsten, Community Alliance with Family Farmers
Steve Warshawer, Wallace Center/National Good Food Network
Glyen Holmes, New North Florida Cooperative
Christy Cook, Sustainability Support Sodexo
Vonda Richardson, Florida A&M University Cooperative Extension Programs
Cheryl Wixson, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Jennifer Hashley, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

SATURDAY 10/16, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


This course will detail the findings of a CFSC project funded by USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) regarding food safety and liability insurance barriers and possible solutions for producers marketing to local schools, colleges, and other institutions. Attendees will increase their knowledge of food safety standards developed by organizations representing limited resource farmers and learn what’s happening at the national level around food safety policies. Attendees will leave with strategies for assisting farmers in their region in developing supportive structures and collaborative solutions for meeting food safety and liability insurance requirements. Join CFSC and RMA project partners (Community Alliance with Family Farmers, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, and New Entry Sustainable Farming Project) in exploring and strategizing creative methods for supporting farmers in addressing these challenging issues.

Growing Urban Agriculture through Policy Change

Betsy Johnson, CFSC Urban Agriculture Committee Co-Chair
Cynthia Price, CFSC Urban Agriculture Committee Co-Chair
Martin Bailkey, Dane County Food Policy Council
Katherine Kelly, Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture
Megan Lott, CFSC
J.P. Muhly, Baltimore, MD
Andrea Petzel, City of Seattle
John Shaffer, The University of Memphis

SATURDAY 10/16, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

COST: $35.00

This course will offer background information, case studies, policy status updates, and a wide variety of tools (from assessments to customizable materials to make one’s case) to help participants support and foster policy that encourages urban agriculture at the Federal, state, and local levels. Attendees are encouraged to attend the “New Orleans Urban Agriculture” field trip in the afternoon.

Food Policy Councils: Getting Started, Moving Forward (Food Policy Part I) (FULL)

Mark Winne, CFSC
Cindy Torres, Boulder County Farmers’ Market Association

SATURDAY 10/16, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

COST: $35.00

Community food security practitioners are developing local and state food policy organizations – councils, networks, coalitions – across North America to coordinate their food system stakeholders and to influence food policy. The course will engage participants in a series of activities designed to increase their ability to organize and manage local/state food policy organizations. Attendees are encouraged to attend the “Making Food Policy Impacts” course in the afternoon.

Food Policy Impacts: Making the case for Healthy Economies and Healthy People (Food Policy Part II)

Ken Meter, Crossroads Resource Center
Sarah Hackney, Gorge Grown Food Network
Zoraya Bernadete Souza, Brazil
Sarah Franklin
Kathryn Strickland, North Alabama Food Co-operative
Regi Haslett-Marroquin, Rural Enterprise Center

SATURDAY 10/16, 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM

COST: $35.00

Community foods initiatives that are savvy about their local economy gain greater strength, because economics is often the basis for policy. This workshop highlights success stories from U.S. communities where local economic initiatives made impact. Visionary food and health policies adopted by cities in Brazil will also be featured. Attendees are encouraged to attend the “Food Policy Councils” course in the morning.

Returning to Our Roots: A Cajun Experience

11:00 AM FRIDAY 10/15 – 4:00 PM SATURDAY 10/16 (OVERNIGHT)


Since the mid-1700s, the Acadians have made their home in the area around the Atchafalaya River and developed one of America’s unique cuisines. Cajun food developed here, growing out of the bounty of the bayous and the climate of the region. Join us on this tour to explore the history of Louisiana agriculture, tour bayous, and be immersed in Cajun Culture.

On Friday, the group will meet at the hotel and drive to Lafayette to visit the Gotreaux Family Farm, where a family of 12 is raising a large variety of crops from tilapia to turkeys.  Young farmers who are reinventing Louisiana agriculture will  discuss their innovative projects. After a great dinner at the LA Seafood Housefeaturing Gotreaux products, the group will head to downtown Lafayette for a live concert.

On Saturday, the trip will head to the Lafayette Hub City Farmers’ Market and then   visit with a family that has been on the same land since the first Acadians arrived at Brookshire Farm.  After a visit to EarthShare Gardens to see their exciting work, the group will tour the Acadiana Cultural Center and head back to New Orleans.

Outlaw Local Food? I don’t think so! (FULL)

FRIDAY 10/15, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Journey into the heart of Bayou country to visit the Fonseca family that started Outlaw Katfish on Bayou Des Allemandes and get an intimate view of fishing in Louisiana. The Fonseca family has been influential in both the marketing and policy changes that allow sustainable traditional fishers to succeed in bringing Louisiana seafood to resident’s tables. Lunch will be provided directly from the Bayou and followed by a visit to a fish market in the city where many Louisiana fishers sell their products.  Participants will learn first hand how the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is dramatically altering the livelihoods and culture of the region.

Revitalizing Main Street with Food: Tour of OC Haley Boulevard (FULL)

FRIDAY 10/15, 12:00 – 4:00 PM


In the last five years, parts of Central City have experienced major revitalization projects, many of which are focused on improving access to healthy food. This walking tour will start with lunch at Café Reconcile, a non-profit restaurant that trains youth from the community, providing them with the skills for a future in the culinary industry. We will also visit the New Orleans Missions, Latino Farmers Cooperative, and the Mahalia Jackson Children and Family Center.

Cooperation is the Name of the Game: the Mississippi Farmers Co-op

SATURDAY 10/16, 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM


The Mississippi Association of Cooperatives (MAC) is a successful model of local farmers collaborating to provide fresh produce, meat, and prepared foods to schools, grocery stores, and casinos, among other institutions. This group will meet with members of a seafood cooperative and travel to Indian Springs Cooperative to meet with Ben Burkett, Director of MAC, and farmers who are a part of MAC.

Food Deserts, Food Swamps & Food Access in Urban Communities (FULL)

SATURDAY 10/16, 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM

COST: $35

Learn about the history of food distribution and business ventures in New Orleans on this tour of grocery stores and markets. The group will visit the Crescent City Farmers Market; Angelo Brocato, a century-old Italian ice cream and pastry business for a tasty treat; Terranova’s Supermarket, a family-owned market and butcher shop established in 1925; Rouses, a local grocery store chain; Hollygrove Market & Farm, an urban garden that sells local produce and prepared foods; and Jack and Jake’s, the newest local and organic grocery store.

Fisheries, Food, and Environmental Justice in New Orleans East

SATURDAY 10/16, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM


The largest urban wildlife sanctuary in the continental US is located in New Orleans East, a community under attack from environmental pollution. Beginning at the Mary Queen of Vietnam Church, participants will see the Viet Village Urban Farm and discuss the creative ways this community is building a sustainable food system. The group will also visit nearby community and backyard gardens and stop at the Dong Phuong Oriental Bakery, a famous bakery that serves French and Vietnamese pastries.

Lower Ninth Ward Food Projects

SATURDAY 10/16, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM


Jenga Mwendo, founder of the Guerrilla Garden, will lead a service project at her community garden and discuss food access projects in the Lower Ninth Ward. Participants will hear from the founders of the NOLA Food Co-op, a community owned grocery store opening in 2011, and tour the neighborhood see the efforts of many groups to rebuild a sustainable neighborhood.

NOLA Urban Agriculture

SATURDAY 10/16, 1:30 AM – 5:30 PM

COST: $35

With 66,000 acres of vacant land, urban agriculture is on the rise in New Orleans! Tour a variety of projects that are sprouting all over the city – Desire Street Ministries, Covenant Farms, Hollygrove Market & Farm, Little Sparrow, and Sun Harvest Kitchen, to name a few. Led by the New Orleans Food & Farm Network, the trip will illustrate how communities are working to improve access to healthy food.

Growing Healthy Kids in New Orleans Schools

SATURDAY 10/16, 1:30 AM – 5:30 PM

COST: $35

New Orleans schools are building gardens left and right. This tour will visit Dr. King Charter School in the Lower 9th Ward, Langston Hughes Academy Charter School in Mid-City, and the Edible Schoolyard in Uptown to see examples of school gardens. Participants will enjoy a cooking demonstration at Edible Schoolyard New Orleans and discuss the benefits of teaching kitchens in schools.



These workshops will be skill-building, educational, and/or informative presentations. They will take place during Breakout Sessions 1, 3, 4, & 6.
* Please note that some details may change; we will post changes to this page promptly.

Session 1 | Session 3 | Session 4 | Session 6

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Food Movements, Unite!

Eric Holt-Gimenez, Food First
Annie Shattuck, Food First

Food First will present our new edited book Breaking Through the Asphalt: Strategies for Transforming the Food System in an interactive workshop with multiple authors. The workshop will discuss key strategies for change from labor, food justice, and food sovereignty leaders around the world and in the United States.

City Government in Brazil Improves Health Outcomes by Opening Restaurant!

Ken Meter, Crossroads Resource Center
Sara Franklin, Independent consultant and writer

The city government in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, halved infant mortality by launching a comprehensive food initiative based on the concept that food is a human right. The city opened a “popular restaurant” that buys food from local farms, and feeds low-income residents healthy local meals at low prices.

Food, Climate, and Policy: Creating Connections

Betsy McCann, International Fellow, New Era Agriculture
Eliav Bitan, Climate Specialist, New Era Agriculture

This informative workshop addresses the relationship between food and climate change through the presentation of pertinent research. Participants will engage in communication-centered activities that aid in interpreting scientific evidence for a variety of audiences.

Credit and Capital for a Just and Sustainable Food System

Lisa Griffith, NFFC
Scott Marlow, Rural Advancement Foundation International – USA
Bob St. Peter, Food for Maine’s Future
Hilde Steffey, Farm Aid
Ben Burkett, Mississippi Association of Cooperatives
Niaz Dorry, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance

To create jobs and strengthen our food and local economy, farmers, fishers and workers must have fair access to capital, credit and disaster assistance. Session attendees will learn of the barriers food producers face in our financial infrastructure, including farmer access to agricultural land, fisherman’s access to fishing rights and the strategies necessary to redefine this infrastructure.

The Minneapolis Healthy Corner Store Program

Aliyah Ali, Minneapolis Department of Health & Family Support

This session will focus on the evolution of the Minneapolis Healthy Corner Store Program, highlighting experiences with store recruitment, relationship building, needs assessment, and leveraging existing policies (including the Minneapolis Staple Foods Ordinance). By sharing lessons learned throughout planning and implementation, we aim to educate participants about how to increase access to healthy foods in low-income neighborhoods through corner stores.

Beyond Urban Ag: The Real Dirt on Food Policy and Planning in Seattle

Tammy Morales, Urban Food Link
Kara Martin, Martin & Sanders Consulting LLC
Andrea Petzel, City of Seattle Department of Planning & Development

Seattle is considered a leader in the urban agriculture movement, but the city’s efforts to increase the security and sustainability of its local (and regional) food system extend beyond merely growing and selling food.  This workshop will identify how local government plays a vital role in the local food system.   Presenters will also share the challenges of implementing food policy at the local level.

Environmental Justice and Food Justice: A Rallying Cry!

Michelle Erenberg, Gulf Restoration Network
John Burns

Examining the intersection of Environmental Justice and Food Justice in the Gulf Coast is vital, as a massive oil spill is threatening this entire community.  We will discuss the impacts of several sources of pollution on food security in a region that relies on the bayous, marshes, and river for livelihoods as much as food.

Youth are the Roots: Young People as the Foundation of the Food Movement

Christine Hadekel, Cornell Garden-Based Learning
Drew Love, Boston Locavores
Alicia Sparks, Real Food Challenge

Learn from three different grassroots organizations about how young people are playing an effective and vital role in the food movement. Then, through small group discussion, learn how you can successfully partner with youth to accomplish your organization’s goals and to build a more diverse and sustainable food movement.

Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Successes and Implementation

Megan Lott, CFSC
Sheilah Davidson, School Food FOCUS

This panel of national policy experts will highlight wins in the recent Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization legislation, including mandatory funding for Farm to School programs, and explain what is now needed as we shift gears towards implementing these policy wins.

Innovative Solutions to Food Deserts in Urban Areas

Adam Pine, University of Minnesota Duluth
Paulette Flynn, SHARE Wisconsin
Adam Diamond, USDA

The purpose of this workshop is to discuss on-going projects such as food buying clubs and mobile markets that increase food-buying options in urban food deserts.  Our goal is to share best practices and develop new strategies that expand access to healthy food in urban communities.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17, 4:15 – 5:45 PM

Emerging Technology and the Threat to a Just Food System

Sarah Alexander, Food & Water Watch
Michael Greger, Humane Society of the United States
Dave Andrews, Food & Water Watch

This panel will discuss emerging technologies in the food system such as animal genetic engineering, cloning, and nanotechnology. These emerging technologies threaten the health of humans, animals, the environment, and a just food system. Small groups will discuss how we can build a sustainable movement against these dangerous technologies.

Confronting Corporate Power in the Food System: ¡Sí Se Puede!

Joel Greeno, National Family Farm Coalition
Karen Washington,  Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners
Kathy Ozer, National Family Farm Coalition (Facilitator)
Fishing and labor representatives

There are more than two million farmers and fisherman, 15 million food system workers, and 300 million eaters in the US. Standing between them are a handful of corporations who control how food gets from one side to the other. Learn from people working to change that equation, through organizing, education, and direct action.

Reinventing Food Distribution for Regional Food Systems

Tim Huggins, Red Tomato
Betty MacKenzie, Red Tomato

This session will be a presentation by Red Tomato of basic ‘lessons learned’ in twelve years of wholesale distribution and marketing of local produce, combined with small- and large- group problem –solving, information sharing and brainstorming for anyone actively involved in creating distribution links for local/regional food supply.

Growing the Community: Public Health and the Farm Bill

Becca Klein, John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
David Wallinga, Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy (IATP)
Megan Lott, Community Food Security Coalition
Roni Neff, John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

Federal agriculture policy, particularly the Farm Bill, has numerous implications for community food security and public health. This session will explore opportunities and share concrete resources to expand collaboration between public health and community food professionals locally and regionally in order to impact the 2012 Farm Bill.

Participatory Food Assessments: Integrating Diverse Perspectives and Building Local Leadership

Dawn Thilmany McFadden, Colorado State University
Wendy Peters Moschetti, WPM Consulting LLC
Cynthia Torres, Longmont Farmers’ Market

Presenters will share challenges and successes in developing meaningful, participatory food systems assessments that engage universities, non-profits, and governments. This roundtable discussion will use a case study from our experience with developing assessments to explore the principles of participatory research and participatory strategy development among diverse food system stakeholders.

Building Community Food Security through Community Gardens

Mary Lee Fitzsimmons, United Methodist Ministries
Rev. Stephanie Ahlschwede, United Methodist Ministries
Eliza Sutton, Southside Community Land Trust
Erika Rumbley, Southside Community Land Trust

This workshop will explore critical success factors for new community gardens in the rural and urban settings during the planning, implementation and evaluation phases of gardens and then will explore two models for ensuring sustainability in urban settings—establishing both a city wide community garden network and marketing collaboratives.

Food Systems Education and Student-driven Food Reform in New Orleans

Jane Wholley, Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools
Cory Ashby, Our School at Blair Grocery

School gardens are growing like weeds in New Orleans! This workshop will discuss innovative food systems education occurring at Our School at Blair Grocery, the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans and Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools. Participants will share best practices in their own communities and their ideas on how to meaningfully engaging youth in the reform of the food system.

Food & Faith: A Values-Based Approach for Community Food Security

Angela Smith, Baltimore Food & Faith Project
Judith Belasco, Hazon
Pastor Heber Brown III, Pleasant Hope Baptist Church
Jenny Holmes, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
Cassi Johnson, Community Food Advocates

Five faith-based organizations and faith communities representing different traditions will share their work to support local farmers, develop community gardens, and increase healthy food accessibility. Attendees will be asked to share best practices from their own faith-based efforts and participate in structured small group discussions, each led by a panelist.

Tearing Down the Silos: Collaboration & Partnership

Lauren Bierbaum, GNO Afterschool Partnership
Grace Peterson, LSU Ag Center
Ashley Wennerstrom, Tulane School of Medicine

Throughout Louisiana unprecedented collaboration is occurring as a response to the struggle for limited resources. Building collaborative partnerships across sectors is vital for the development of successful community projects.  The presenters will explain the components involved in creating workable strategies for building those collaborations and provide examples of successful collaborations throughout Louisiana.

Growing Abundance: Restoring Neighborhood Connections to Healthy Food

Nicole Lightwine, Walnut Way Conservation Corp
Larry Adams, Walnut Way Conservation Corp
Sharon Adams, Walnut Way Conservation Corp
Young Kim, Fondy Food Center

Presentation and small group panel covering the topics of grassroots urban agriculture projects and how communities can transform through connections to growing.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Building a Global Movement: Discussion with Food Sovereignty Prize Honorees

Cathleen Kneen, Food Secure Canada
Christiana Schiavoni, WhyHunger

2010 Food Sovereignty Prize winners and other leaders in the food sovereignty movement will lead a networking session to increase participants’ understanding of the concepts of food sovereignty and how these elements shape their community food security work which, in turn, revitalizes and strengthens local economies.

Recipe for Change: Healthy Food in Every Community

Linda Shak, Prevention Institute
Mary Lee, PolicyLink
Mary Hendrickson, University of Missouri Extension

Creating healthier food environments requires policies and practices that support healthy food retail, healthier institutions, federal nutrition programs, and sustainable food systems.  This interactive session familiarizes participants with policy opportunities, emphasizes the importance of working across sectors, and provides a forum for sharing policy and organizational practice successes and challenges.

Organizing for Labor, Racial, and Immigrant Justice in Community Food Systems

Joann Lo, Food Chain Workers Alliance
Diana Robinson, UFCW Local 1500
Darrin Browder, Restaurant Opportunities Center-New Orleans
Van Joseph, ROC-NOLA

Food system workers and organizers will present the problems facing workers throughout our food system and the strategies and solutions that they are employing to overcome them, followed by a discussion with workshop participants about how to link workers’ rights and food security into one movement.

Strengthening Food Business Clusters to Create Community Wealth

Ken Meter, Crossroads Resource Center
Regi Haslett-Marroquin, Rural Enterprise Center
Dan Carmody, Detroit Eastern Market

One of the most effective strategies for strengthening local food economies is to create clusters of food businesses that trade with each other, foster strong social connections, and create greater local interdependency.  Learn how two innovative clusters are forming in rural and urban areas.

Blueprints, Maps and Frameworks: Developing State-wide Food Systems Policy Priorities

Wendy Peters Moschetti, WPM Consulting LLC
Susan Roberts, Iowa Food Policy Council
Angie Tagtow, Iowa Food Policy Council

Presenters and participants will discuss tools developed from efforts in Colorado and Iowa to identify widely supported, comprehensive, state-wide policy priorities to strengthen access to healthy foods, and to subsequently build a movement at the local, state, and federal advocacy levels to advance the priorities.

SNAP-UP: Food Stamp Incentive Programs at Farmers’ Markets

Sarah Nelson, Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market
Fernanda de Campos, City Heights Farmers’ Market
Darlene Wolnik, Market Umbrella
Alexis Stevens, Green Market
Gus Schumacher (moderator)

Join farmers’ market operators from around the country to hear about programs that increase SNAP (food stamp) participants’ buying power at the market. A panel discussion followed by small group activities will help participants learn how to start similar programs in their communities.

Whole Measures for Community Food Systems

Jeanette Abi-Nader, CFSC
Deb Habib, Seeds of Solidarity
Mario Yanez, Earth Learning

How do you measure what is really important about your community food systems work? Whole Measures for Community Food Systems (WM CFS) is a project assessment and evaluation tool based on a set of core value-based practices. It uses dialogue and community engagement to explore the impact of our work on creating whole communities. Come learn about this tool, hear innovative evaluation strategies and practice engaging with WM CFS.

The Journey to Local – Creating and Implementing a Sustainability Plan

James Boushka, University Dining Services at UC Davis
Karen Upton, Sodexo Campus Services
Michelle Russell, Colby College Student

What is important in a sustainability plan?  Learn how to develop a sustainability program for your food service operation. Summarizing the journey on both these campuses (UC Davis and Colby College), we will discuss the steps taken to assist in funding, build community relationships, partner with local farmers and share our learnings during our journey.

Plate to Politics: How Women Can Lead the Recipe for Change

Lisa Kivirist, Rural Women’s Project MOSES
Liz Johnson, The White House Project
Nevada Littlewolf, The White House Project

What key ingredient can stir up change in our food system?  More women in leadership roles that influence agriculture and food policy change.   From rallying for school lunch reform to running for office, come learn about tools and strategies to support a diversity of women activists, innovators and educators.

Food Commons

James Cochran, Swanton Berry Farm
Eric Holt-Gimenez, Food First

Learn about the Food Commons, a New Deal scale proposal to acquire farmland and other food infrastructure necessary to create integrated regional food systems nationwide, with a special emphasis on under-served communities. It would create a comprehensive support system for small businesses that would operate the system, and be governed democratically by all, from farmers and farm workers, to retailers and retail workers, to customers and communities.

Food Insecurity: Improving Access Among New Orleans Low-Income Communities

Greta Gladney, The Renaissance Project
Pamela Broom, New Orleans Food & Farm Network
David Coffman, Second Harvest of Acadiana
Malcolm Suber, American Friends Service Committee
Lynette Collin, O.C. Haley Main Street and Merchants Association

This interactive presentation of New Orleans-based racial equity, food access and poverty alleviation work of five presenters is intended to provide context for food access in selected neighborhoods in New Orleans where the presenters work. Attendees will map the intersection of race and class with food access in their home cities and provide feedback on our local strategies.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 9:00 – 10:30 AM

Foraging for Funding: Is Social Enterprise Right for Your Non-Profit?

Cheryl Kollin, Business Consultant
Bonnie White, Olympic Community Action Programs
Rachel Emmer, The Deitrus Group

In the face of economic downturn, non-profit organizations ask: how else can we generate revenue to support our food security-related mission? Using the World Café format of small group conversation and cross-pollination of insights, participants will generate and evaluate feasible social enterprise ideas. A free guidebook offers step-by-step process for further exploration.

Building Local Power: Communities Take Back their Food Systems!

Dorothy Grady-Scarborough, Mississippians Engaged in Greener Agriculture (MEGA)
Edwin Marty, Jones Valley Urban Farm, Birmingham
Ken Meter,  Crossroads Resource Center
Malik Yakini, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network

What are the tools and techniques used to reclaim local food systems? Hear from community leaders who are mapping their community assets, employing local organizing methods, practicing alternative growing techniques, and brokering cooperative markets to harness the powerful social and economic benefits of developing successful local food systems.

Knowing You Make a Difference:  Community Food Security Assessment and Evaluation

Vincent Smith, University of Wisconsin Madison
Amanda Behrens, Center for a Livable Future Johns Hopkins University

Evaluating the impact of projects and programs is essential to improvement and long-term support.  Join us as we share examples of community food security program assessment and evaluation, explore available tools and resources, and collaborate to outline an appropriate evaluation protocol for your program.

Why Healthy Soils Produce Healthy Food: Soils and Urban Agriculture

Rex Dufour, National Center for Appropriate Technology
Andy Pressman, National Center for Appropriate Technology

This workshop will combine lecture and demonstration.  The first part asks participants what makes soils healthy, how healthy soils work, and a demonstration of healthy vs. unhealthy soils.  Discussion will then shift to urban soils, possible problems, what they are, how test for them, and how to mitigate problems.

FoodCorps: Planting a Shovel Ready Service Program

Debra Eschmeyer, FoodCorps & National Farm to School Network
Cecily Upton, FoodCorps

FoodCorps is a national AmeriCorps school garden and Farm to School program in development that focuses on improving school food systems in high obesity, limited access rural and urban communities around the country.  Service members will build and tend school gardens, conduct nutrition education, and facilitate Farm to School programming that brings local food into schools. Join the discussion around FoodCorps and learn about state models and how you can get involved.

Maple Apple Gumbo: Farm to School Collaboration in Vermont

Danielle Pipher, Vermont FEED/Shelburne Farms
Andrew Powers, PEER Associates, Inc.
Abbie Nelson, Vermont FEED/NOFA-VT
Erica Curry, Vermont FEED/Shelburne Farms

As a decade old Farm to School (FTS) program, Vermont FEED will share our recent adventures in strengthening public/private partnerships and collaborations through building a FTS learning community and evaluation. Interactive small group dialogue will follow the presentation.

Increasing Healthy Food Access through Community and Internet Grocer Partnerships

Mari Gallagher, Mari Gallagher Research & Consulting Group
John Piercy, Neighbor Capital
James Sims, Peapod

Peapod (an online grocer), Neighbor Capital (a social enterprise), Mari Gallagher Research & Consulting Group (MG), and local community leaders are helping low-income families and children improve healthy food access and reduce diabetes. We identified the top 100 blocks in Chicago where we would have the biggest impact. Our “Best Fruit of the Season Offering” competes with “happy meals” at the 40% discounted price of $2.99. This session will review key project details and lessons learned, then break into subgroup for facilitated information exchange and reporting back on how community leaders can develop alternatives to traditional retail.

Where’s the Food At? Community Health through Open Green Maps

Lisanne Brown, Louisiana Public Health Institute

Louisiana ranks poorly in myriad indicators of health, many of which are related food security issues. Academic institutions, nonprofits, and citizens are working in innovative ways to address public health challenges and improve community food security. Using Open Green Maps, this workshop will highlight creative practices and partnerships to improve public health and share methods for building the bridge between public health and food access. Participants will gain immediate experience through an interactive session, where sites are uploaded.  Audience mapmakers are encouraged to contribute.

It’s Harvest Time: Food, Security and Health

Davorin Brdanovic, Community Gardens Association in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Learn about the long term benefits of community gardens in Bosnia and Herzegovina: food security, neighborhood security, access to healthy and fresh food, physical, mental and social health. By sharing universal lessons learned within the CGA initiatives, we aim to ‘globalize’ our knowledge and good practice in order to inspire others to be a part of much needed change.

Receptions, Plenaries, Keynotes

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 5:30 – 8:30 PM

The conference will begin with an evening welcome reception at the Sheraton.


Chat with the authors of several newly released books and have your copy signed.

Food Justice” by Anupama Joshi and Robert Gottlieb

Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart-Cookin’ Mamas: Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture” by Mark Winne

Food Rebellions: Crisis and the Hunger for Food Justice” by Eric Holt-Gimenez, Raj Pattel and Annie Shattuck

Opening Plenary: “Food, Culture and Justice”

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17, 9:00 – 10:30 AM

New Orleans is brimming with people who are passionate about food. Listen to a group of all-star New Orleanians share their personal connection to food – family cooking traditions, business ventures, gardening and farming – and you will be fired-up to explore this city’s dynamic food culture.

International Plenary & Food Sovereignty Prize:
“From Local to Global, Another Food System is Possible!”

MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 9:30 – 10:30 AM

Hear from the 2010 Food Sovereignty Prize recipient Family Farm Defenders and other visionaries who are implementing creative strategies to put power over our food system back into the hands of the people. From local to municipal to global levels, their inspiring stories remind us that a new food system is possible – and we all have a role to play in bringing it about!

Click here to learn more about the Food Sovereignty Prize, the 2010 Prize winner Family Farm Defenders, and the three 2010 Honorable Mentions: The Detroit Black Community Food Security NetworkROPPA (The Network of West African Peasant and Agricultural Producers’ Organizations), and The Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty.

The 2010 Food Sovereignty Prize is generously supported by the Small Planet Fund, the Lawson Valentine Foundation and WhyHunger.

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler Reception

MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 7:00 – 10:00 PM

Let the good times roll! Join the local host committee as we celebrate the many traditions of New Orleans. The evening will start with a New Orleans original Second Line. A brass band will start the party in the lobby of the Sheraton New Orleans and will lead the group on a walking parade along the Mississippi River to the French Market, America’s Oldest Public Market. Other transportation options include taking the street car from the Sheraton to the French Market and Our School At Blair Grocery will offer a shuttle to the market.

At the French Market we will celebrate the gumbo that unites us all. Social enterprise restaurants from New Orleans will have several gumbos available (including vegetarian and vegan friendly) for a gumbo cook-off. Three well known New Orleans Queens of Gumbo, Leah Chase from Dooky Chase restaurant; Sarah Roahen author of “Gumbo Tales”; and Poppy Tooker local food activist, will serve as judges for a gumbo contest among the restaurants. The evening will be complete with live music and a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy what the city has to offer.

Restaurants that will be featured include:
Covenant Café
Liberty’s Kitchen
Café Hope
Café Reconcile
Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal

Closing Plenary: “Unity or Diversity: The Direction of the Food Movement”

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Author: DW

New Orleans resident, writer, activist. Public market consultant.

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