Ithaca, NY— Roots Rising Farm, Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming, and the Food, Agroecology, Justice and Well-being Collective at Cornell are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the Finger Lakes Farm to Plate Conference: Uniting to Create, Educate, and Celebrate a Sustainable and Equitable Local Food System.
Taking place on May 11-13, 2017 in Ithaca, NY, the “Farm to Plate” conference was originally conceptualized by Damon Brangman, founder of Roots Rising Farm. The vision of the conference is to bring together people from multiple sectors of the community to collectively develop strategies towards creating resilience in the local food system. The goals are to:
Honor and celebrate diverse farming traditions, the abundance of the Finger Lakes region, and local farmers
Share knowledge on the topics of food production and preparation, gardening, and social justice
Collaborate to create a sustainable local food network through equitable sharing of resources
Develop stronger campus/community relationships through discussion on themes of health, food justice & agroecology
The conference will include workshops, paper sessions, farm tours, cooking demonstrations, and keynote talks by Malik Yakini, Director of the Detroit Black Food Security Coalition, Karen Washington, Co-owner of Rise and Root Farm, Raj Patel, Award Winning Activist, Academic and Author, Hannah Wittman, Director of the Center for Sustainable Food Systems at the University of British Columbia and more!
Collaborators include: CCE-Tompkins County, GreenStar Community Projects,Tompkins County Food Policy Council, and the Youth Farm Project